Will malicious hackers target the iPhone in 2008?

Macworld recently ran a story about hackers and the iPhone. Up until now, most of the iPhone hacks in the news have focused on unlocking and adding third party applications, with almost no coverage given to the potential security holes in the iPhone platform. No doubt that hackers are already working on damaging iPhone attacks just for bragging rights, if no other reason. This threat is compounded by consumer demand that Apple open the iPhone to allow the installation of third party apps, a demand which Steve Jobs has yielded to by promising an SDK early next year.

As iPhone owners, what should we look forward to in 2008? An endless series of firmware updates containing security patches? Or will the iPhone enjoy the same safety record that the Mac desktop has had as compared to the numbers of attacks on Windows computers?


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