Date
24 September 2017
Hackers could steal information from iPhones and iPads using a new technique, the US government warns. Photo: Bloomberg
Hackers could steal information from iPhones and iPads using a new technique, the US government warns. Photo: Bloomberg

US govt warns Apple users of hackers exploiting iOS bug

Users of iPhone and iPad users are being told to watch out for hackers who could steal their personal data.

The US government warned on Thursday that hackers may exploit a loophole in Apple Inc.’s iOS operating system, Reuters reported.

The attacks could use a newly identified technique known as the “Masque attack,” an online bulletin from the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and the US Computer Emergency Readiness Teams said.

FireEye Inc., a network security firm, said earlier this week that the technique had been used to launch a hacking campaign called “WireLurker” and that more attacks could follow.

Crooks could steal login IDs and passwords, get access to sensitive data stored on iOS devices and remotely monitor activity on those devices, the government warned.

Such attacks could be avoided if iPad and iPhone users installed only apps from Apple’s App Store or from their own organizations, it said.

Users should not click “Install” from pop-ups when surfing the web, the bulletin said.

If iOS flashes a warning that says “Untrusted App Developer”, users should click on “Don’t Trust” and immediately uninstall the app, it advised.

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