Apple to fix security issues in iOS 7 release

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 02, 2013

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Apple Inc said a statement that they will fix the gaping security holes in its software when it releases iOS 7 update in the fall this year. Most iPhone users are at risk of cyber crimes due to the security issue when the device is connected to a fake charging station.

The problem was raised when three computer scientists alerted Apple regarding the issue at the Black hat hacking conference on Wednesday in Las Vegas. The purpose of the Black Hat conference is to warn the software developers about serious cyber security issues prone to be a target for hackers. According to Billy Lau, a research scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and graduate students Yeongjin Jang and Chengyu Song who alerted Apple about the issue, any iPhone, iPad user who connects to a fake charging station, can be a target of hackers. The hacker can gain access to the phone by way of taking screen shots of banking passwords and credit card numbers. They can also access emails, texts and contact information or track the location of the phone’s owner. In a simple demonstration at the conference they plugged an iPhone to the custom-built charger attached to a Linux computer that was programmed to attack iOS devices which in turn would give the hacker the remote control of the device.

In a statement to Reuters Lau said “Security doesn’t work if you bury problems.”

The issue has been already fixed according to Apple, in its beta 1 release of iOS 7 software update which is available to software developers. “We would like to thank the researchers for their valuable input,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said.