Pay close attention to detail to stay in a secure zone while using iPhones: A bug in Apple’s ios operating system could have made millions of consumers of the iPhone and iPad exposed to hackers.
Work released by a mobile security company, ZecOps, said a flaw in the Mail software made smartphones vulnerable to sophisticated attacks.
The firm said that the bug was used to manipulate at least six high-profile victims with “high confidence.” An Apple spokesperson told Reuters that a patch will be included in future changes to the platform. In March ZecOps mentioned the bug to Apple. The software firm has not heard about the problem before.
To leverage this vulnerability, hackers must deliver an entirely vacant request to the Mail account of an iPhone or iPad owner – the iOS mobile email program. When the email is opened the app will crash forcing the user to reboot. Hackers will be able to control system details during reboot.
What separates this assault from other attacks is that consumers do not need to access any unauthorized program or visit a website that includes malware. Usually, hackers take some intervention on the victim’s part – such actions enable the root of the assault to be tracked.
The researchers said even new versions of iOS might exploit the flaw.
ZecOps reported that it had discovered proof that the vulnerability was used to strike well-known targets including individuals from a North American Fortune 500 corporation, an executive from a Japanese telecom provider, telecommunications firms workers in Saudi Arabia, and Israel, a Western journalist and a person in Germany. The company will not divulge the victims’ names.
Apple phones are commonly viewed as safer than other mobile apps. Experts believe this illustrates how challenging it can be to find bugs that underlie it.