There were people at a hacking conference stupid enough to be carrying an iPhone?!? I thought they banned those things a long time ago because of their pathetic security...
I wonder if the attack was really targeting something iPhone-specific. iPhones use an Infineon GSM chipset - I'd guess it (or a closely-related attack) would be effective against many Infineon-based phones. Then again, I'm assuming that Infineon isn't exclusive to iPhone.
Ya know, I found that detail rather troubling also. But the article was very specific in singling out the iPhone.
Sure, I'm wearing my schadenfreude hat, but (to be honest) this very well could be an iceberg tip.