Wednesday, May 18, 2016

iOS 7 includes fix for malicious charger

Back in June, a group of resrchesdiscovered a flawin iOS that would theoretically allow an iOS device to be using a malicious USB charger. Their proof-of-concept allowed them toinvisibly install malware on non-jaili and iPads.The results of the experiment were called ‘alarming,’ and brought to the attention of in hopes for a quick fix. The Cupertino company must have gotten the message, because according to a new report, the has been in thelatest iOS 7 beta…Reutersreports:“Inc’s nextsoftwareupdate for its i and iPads will fix a security flaw that allows s to engage in spying and cyber crimes when the victim connects the device to a fake charging station, the company said on Wednesday. said the issue had been fixed in the latest beta of iOS 7, which has alrdy been relsed to software developers.”We would like to thank the resrchers for their valuable input,” spokesman Tom Neumayr said.”The group of resrchers actually demonstrated their find at the Black Hat convention in Las Vegas yesterday. They plugged an iPhone into a custom-built charger equipped with a tiny Linux computer, and it successfully infected the device with a virus.But rl-world usage of the would be much worse. The group said that cyber criminals could use the to upload malware onto unsuspecting i and iPads, allowing them to do things like stl banking s, credit card s, and more.It’s nice to see respond to a security thrt so quickly, which it normally does, as it continues to keep iOS one of themost secure mobile platformson the market. iOS 7, which now alerts users when they’re using an unauthorized charger, will launch this fall.

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