Hackers may be attacking iPhones by sending emails that can infect phones without you even opening the email
- Hackers may have discovered a way to infiltrate iPhones using
Apple's email software, according to cybersecurityfirm ZecOps.
- The flaw allows attackers to send a message containing malicious software that doesn't need to be clicked on in order to infect a device, the researchers found.
- The vulnerability specifically affects those who use Apple's
- This flaw is the latest in a string of Apple
securityissues that have been discovered in the last year. A spokesperson for Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
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Hackers may have figured out a way to attack iPhones using a malicious message sent through Apple's email software.Advertisement
The issue was particularly difficult to detect because the malicious code was contained in the email sent by the attackers, and the emails were either deleted by the user or by the attackers themselves, according to the Journal.
The vulnerability specifically affects those who use Apple's Mail app. It primarily affects the latest
A spokesperson for Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.While Apple has historically been the gold-standard in cybersecurity, this security flaw is the latest in a string of Apple security issues that have been discovered in the last year. Last spring, hackers used a vulnerability in the messaging app WhatsApp to install malware on iPhones and other smartphones. And in August, Google researchers discovered that an iPhone hack may have targeted Uighur Muslims in China. In both situations, Apple patched the issues before they were made public. Apple has experienced other software flaws in recent months. Last July, Apple had to temporarily shut down its Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app after discovering a bug that could allow someone to eavesdrop on someone else via their iPhone. Apple said at the time there was no evidence anyone had exploited the bug. Advertisement
And when Apple's latest software, iOS 13, released last September, researchers discovered a bug that would make it possible for someone to access an iPhone's contact list without needing to unlock the phone, as well as a flaw that allowed third-party keyboards to unapproved access to your device. A subsequent software update has since fixed the flaws.Read the original article on Business Insider