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Flaw in iPhone, iPads May Have Allowed Hackers to Steal Data for Years


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Apple says it will patch a flaw that iPhones and iPads may have harbored for years.

Credit: Reuters

Apple intends to a patch a flaw that iPhones and iPads may have harbored for years, according to the ZecOps security firm.

ZecOps CEO Zuk Avraham suggested the bug in Apple's iOS mobile operating system could be remotely triggered to steal data from the Apple devices, and had been exploited against high-profile users as far back as January 2018.

Attackers would send victims an apparently blank email message through the Mail app, which would force the device to crash and reset, during which hackers could steal other data on the device.

An Apple spokesperson said a fix will be launched in a forthcoming update on millions of devices sold globally.

Apple security expert Patrick Wardle said the bug's discovery "confirms ... that well-resourced adversaries can remotely and silently infect fully patched iOS devices."

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