Apple iOS Update to Address ‘Hacked’ Chargers Exploit

Apple Preps Update to Address ‘Hacked’ Chargers(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Tech giant Apple is said to be prepping an update that will address a security issue allowing hackers to breach iOS devices.

According to a report from the BBC on Thursday, the matter apparently allows “booby-trapped” chargers to upload malicious code once being plugged into Apple devices like the iPhone.

The security loophole was initially discovered by computer scientists working at George Tech. It was also recently detailed during the Black Hat conference, expected to conclude in Las Vegas, Nevada today.

“Apple iOS devices are considered by many to be more secure than other mobile offerings. In evaluating this belief, we investigated the extent to which security threats were considered when performing everyday activities such as charging a device. The results were alarming: despite the plethora of defense mechanisms in iOS, we successfully injected arbitrary software into current-generation Apple devices running the latest operating system (OS) software. All users are affected, as our approach requires neither a jailbroken device nor user interaction,” explained researchers including Billy Lau, Yeongjin Jang and Chengu Song via a posting on blackhat.com.

Meanwhile, the Apple update reportedly recommends users make sure they’re plugging into a trusted charge point.

 

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