Apple Doesn’t Give Much Credit To Threat Posed By The Masque Attack Bug

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With a potential security threat which could allow hackers to gain access to personal information from iPads and iPones, Apple issued a statement indicating that the operating systems in such devices have protection built into them which prevents such malware downloads from occurring.

FireEye, a cyber security company stated that they had come across vulnerability in the operating system of Apple’s mobile phones which could allow hackers to gain access to text messages, web pages and emails which could fool the users of the phones into downloading fake apps through which personal information could be disclosed. The company said that the fake apps are designed to resemble legitimate bank or email programs which could replace the original app downloaded an installed through the Apple store. This would then siphon the personal information of the user to the hacker without the user’s knowledge.

There exists no evidence to suggest that this vulnerability has been exploited in the US however the company stated that the bug is one which affects all of the mobile devices by Apple which runs on the iOS 7 versions or later irrespective of whether the device has been jailbroken. This suggests that 95% of all devices in use are prone to this vulnerability.

Apple however stated that users were safe from this as warning systems had been installed in both mobile and desktop operating systems. "We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software," was said by a representative of Apple along with the fact that the company was not aware of any of their customers having fallen to the victim of such an attack. The representative went on to say that, "We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and to pay attention to any warnings as they download apps. Enterprise users installing custom apps should install apps from their company's secure website."

This is the second time in the past few weeks that concern has been raised regarding the security concerning Apple products which the company has stated as being superior to its competitor, Android.

In the last week, Palo Alto Networks, a security firm described an attack which they had discovered in which unapproved apps downloaded from the internet could infect the iPhone while it would be plugged into a Mac Computer. The attack is called the ‘WireLurker’ and was first seen in China and is based upon the same vulnerability as that disclosed by FireEye.

In response to this, Apple stated that it was aware of this fact and was working on fixing the vulnerability and advised users to only download apps and programs from trusted sources.


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