The iPhone has one ‘scary’ hack attack vulnerability that’s forced Apple to take emergency action
Apple devices contain a security flaw that could allow hackers to steal private pictures and videos, it has been claimed.
Students from John Hopkins University have identified a bug in an Apple security mechanism which is used to make sure messages are safe when sent between devices.
The team said this flaw could allow “skilled attackers” to access videos and photos which were sent as instant messages.
“Even Apple, with all their skills… wasn’t able to quite get this right,” Matthew D. Green, a computer science professor, told The Washington Post .
Apple uses a technique called encryption to protect its users’ messages. This effectively scrambles them using advanced mathematics, so that they can only be read by the sender and recipient.
The tech giant’s encryption is so strong that even the FBI claim they can’t crack it .
This has led to a legal battle between Apple and investigators who want it to open up an iPhone used by terrorist Syed Rizwan Farouk (pictured below), who killed 14 people in San Bernardino.
Apple has claimed that bowing to officers’ demands could create a “back door” which would allow hackers to steal private information from millions of people’s iPhones.
“It scares me that we’re having this conversation about adding back doors to encryption when we can’t even get basic encryption right,” Green added.
Apple started fixing the problem highlighted by Green’s team last year, but it expects to finally plug the security hole in the next version of iOS – which is expected to bereleased tonight alongside the iPhone SE and iPad Air 3 .
In a statement, the firm said: “Apple works hard to make our software more secure with every release.
“We appreciate the team of researchers that identified this bug and brought it to our attention so we could patch the vulnerability.
“Security requires constant dedication and we’re grateful to have a community of developers and researchers who help us stay ahead.”
Source | Mirror