If you’re an active iPhone or iPad user, there is a software update that may be beneficial for your security. Apple just released the 10.3.3 iOS update that “addresses vulnerabilities with your Contacts, Messages, Notifications, Safari and other issues.”
In a time where hackers are looking for any possible way to steal and obtain information, Apple is attempting to fend off predators from attacking loyal iPhone users. With the new update, there are various security exploitations that are now patched. For instance, the iPhone’s wi-fi chipset was vulnerable through which hackers had the opportunity to take over the device if they were simply searching for a signal. Hackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in tech interfaces, and companies like Microsoft and Apple are always seeking to resolve any security issues before they become a liability. The only issue is that even if major technology companies release updates that resolve these security breaches, it is up to the user to download the software and protect themselves from future malware and ransomware attacks.
For this iOS update, users will be protected from wi-fi related security breaches that derive from an iPhone’s wi-fi chip. Experts are calling this the “Broadpwn” exploit, which Google recently patched in their update on July 5th. This major security flaw has become an issue many users across many platforms and has affected devices anywhere from LG to Samsung. The interesting aspect from the hacker’s perspective is that they do not need your device’s PIN or password to “exploit the weakness” which is incredible to consider since smartphone technology has come far regarding its security precautions.
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology severity scale gave Broadpwn a 9.8 out of 10, a remarkable score. Nitay Artenstein, a security researcher at Exodus Intelligence, was responsible for discovering the security exploit and stated he will be providing more details about his findings at a Black Hat presentation in Las Vegas.
The new iOS security update will patch the problem for the “iPhone 5 to iPhone 7, the fourth-generation iPad and later versions, and the iPod Touch 6th generation.”