Watch this Google hacker pwn 26 iPhones with a 'WiFi Broadcast Packet of Death'

A Google security researcher found bugs that allowed him to take over nearby iPhones with a Raspberry Pi and just $100 in WiFi gear.

During the bubonic plague in the 16th century, William Shakespeare wrote King Lear. This year, enduring months of COVID-19 quarantine, I played at least 200 hours of Death Stranding, Breath of the Wild, and Call of Duty: Warzone combined.

Meanwhile, Ian Beer, one of the best hackers on the planet, found a way to hack and take full control of any nearby iPhone with what many in the security industry believe is one of the most impressive iPhone hacks ever.

"For 6 months of 2020, while locked down in the corner of my bedroom surrounded by my lovely, screaming children, I've been working on a magic spell of my own," Beer, who works for the Google elite hacking team Project Zero, wrote in a blog post. "No, sadly not an incantation to convince the kids to sleep in until 9am every morning, but instead a wormable radio-proximity exploit which allows me to gain complete control over any iPhone in my vicinity. View all the photos, read all the email, copy all the private messages and monitor everything which happens on there in real-time."

Beer was able to develop a technique to send an exploit via WiFi that requires no user interaction at all, and doesn't even need the target to be connected to the internet. In other words, if your iPhone was in range of someone with this capability, they could take it over without requiring you to click on a dodgy link or anything like that. What's worse, Beer's exploit could have been made into a worm, meaning it could propagate to nearby iPhones automatically, spreading exponentially, kind of like—if you'll allow me the cringey metaphor—a cyber coronavirus. 

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By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
(Source:; December 3, 2020;
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