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Your iPhones can be hacked! Here is how to slap the hackers down

Users of Apple iPhones, iPads and MacBooks have been told that hackers can seize control of their devices.

By: HT TECH
Updated on: Aug 19 2022, 10:43 IST
Apple warns of vulnerability that allows hackers to seize control of iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. (AFP)

Are you an Apple iPhone, iPad or Mac user? Here is a warning for you. Apple has warned its users of a flaw that is allowing hackers to seize control of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. The company is directing users of most of its devices to install emergency software updates after it discovered a vulnerability in its operating systems that it says "may have been actively exploited," reported CNN.

It can be known that Apple has not disclosed the extent to which the flaw has been exploited. According to a report by CNN, in security updates posted online on Wednesday and Thursday, Apple said the vulnerability affects iPhones dating back to the iPhone 6S model, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, all iPad Pro models and the 7th generation iPod touch.

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"Apple (AAPL) said the vulnerabilities give hackers the ability to take control of a device's operating system to "execute arbitrary code" and potentially infiltrate devices through "maliciously crafted web content,"" it added.

The vulnerability also extends to Mac computers running the company's Monterey OS as well as Apple's Safari browser on its Big Sur and Catalina operating systems, the company said in a subsequent update.

As per the report, cybersecurity experts have urged Apple users to update their devices, with the US government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warning that "an attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected device."

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First Published Date: 19 Aug, 10:43 IST

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