Your iPhone has probably been hacked. Oh, its fix now. Researchers from Google project 0, posted a write-up yesterday detailing a system of websites that attacked any iPhone that visited them by taking advantage of 14 different exploits. And every single up-to-date iPhone has been vulnerable. “There was no target discrimination,” the researchers reported, “simply visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your device, and if it was successful, install a monitoring implant.”
The researchers estimate that the sites received thousands of visitors a week for at least 2 years and if an attack was successful an affected iPhone would be implanted with a malware that would steal filed location data, user names and passwords. the ios security flaws have now been fixed after Google disclosed the issue to Apple in February, but the attackers could still have that data that they harvested from hundreds of thousands of iPhones.
Read More: Apple Opens up it’s Device Repair Program.
The issues were not fixed until iOS update 12.1.4.
Google’s research team “was able to collect five separate, complete and unique iPhone exploit chains, covering almost every version from iOS 10 through to the latest version of iOS 12. This indicated a group making a sustained effort to hack the users of iPhones in certain communities over a period of at least two years.”
So I guess what happens on your iPhone might very well stay on your iPhone as long as you don’t go on the Internet. Just take selfies and appreciate them by yourself, you’re beautiful and don’t let anyone tell you any different.
Google Opens Bug Bounty Fall PlayStore Apps
Google isn’t just concern about Apple security. The tech giant has now opened up its bug bounty program to any app in the play store with more than 100 million installs now. Previously, the only set of 8 top apps were eligible for words if users identified a vulnerability. It’s about time that Google did this because the Play Store has been ravaged by popular malware hiding apps in recent times. let’s hope Google relax the requirements a bit more because even one million installs are a large pool.