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Apple to Fix Security Flaw that Allows iPhone Hacking

Aug 1 2013, 4:27am CDT | by , in News | Apple

Apple to Fix Security Flaw that Allows iPhone Hacking

Apple is to introduce in its iOS 7 a means to fix a security flaw. This lapse in the previous iOS 6 system had allowed iPhone hacking via fake chargers.

The latest beta version of the iOS 7 includes a solution to hackers implanting a bug onto the iPhone through a fake charger. The security glitch had been revealed at a Black Hat Security Conference being held at Las Vegas, Nevada. A charger was fitted with a small Linux PC meant to target iOS gadgets. This was then connected to an iPhone which in turn was infected with a virus. The iOS 7 update will alert users to the fact that they are connecting to a computer and not a run-of-the-mill charger. A spokesman from Apple has personally expressed his gratitude to the experts who pointed out this fatal gap in the system.

Meanwhile, the hacking continues on the iOS 6. Till the full-fledged arrival of the new system this will be a necessary evil that has to be put up with. The problem with the flaw is that it may allow cyber criminals to create ever more complex viruses. And some of these may allow remote control access to iPhones. All it takes is $45 to build such a Linux-based computer to attack iOS devices. The consequences of this are disastrous to contemplate. Emails, text messages, contact info as well as valuable data such as account numbers and credit card codes may end up in the wrong hands. In fact it could act as a spying tool par excellence. However, the fact that Apple has caught the mistake in makeup in the nick of time may have saved countless people from being spied upon.

Source: Reuters

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