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"Despite the plethora of defense mechanisms in iOS, we successfully injected arbitrary software into current-generation Apple devices running the latest operating system (OS) software... All users are affected, as our approach requires neither a jailbroken device nor user interaction.”
Their charger, Mactans—that's another name for the Black Widow spider—uses a small onboard computer to perform its underhand duties. In fact it's based on a Texas Instruments BeagleBoard, which retails at $45. While the resulting charger measures three inches square—bigger than your average power supply—it's still a worrisome proof of concept which could easily be squeezed into a smaller form factor if required, just at higher cost.