- Apr 24, 2016
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John Bumstead, who works for a company called 404Media that fixes and sells used electronics, found an iPhone-to-HDMI adapter that seemed normal at first. However, the app that came with it was tricky because it asked users to scan a QR code.
This code leads to an ad-filled website, prompting downloads of an invasive app that requests various permissions, collects data, and sends it to China.
Bumstead tweeted about a spy-themed lightning cable, and unlike the HDMI adapter, this cable is a knockoff but resembles Apple’s design.
MG, the researcher behind the malicious Lightning cables, included the risky adapter, anticipating users installing questionable apps.
John Bumstead from 404Media, an electronics refurbisher recently discovered a seemingly regular iPhone-to-HDMI adapter with a deceptive app.