Millions of iPhone owners are urged to act “now” or risk costly consequences
CYBER EXPERTS have issued an urgent warning to millions of iPhone owners.
Anyone with an iPhone is encouraged to check their handset for a new software update and install it as soon as possible.
The update includes an important security fix designed to block hackers from exploiting a “hole” in iPhone defenses.
“Apple disclosed that it is aware that threat actors are actively exploiting the vulnerability,” wrote Malwarebytes Lab cyber expert Pieter Arntz.
“The bug was found in WebKit which is Apple’s web rendering engine. In other words, WebKit is the browser engine that powers Safari and other apps.”
iPhone owners are now encouraged to install either iOS 16.1.2 or the iOS 16.2 updates.
To do so, simply go to Settings > General > Software Update and follow the instructions.
Cyber experts say the current vulnerability could allow hackers to run code on your iPhone.
This allows them to potentially take control of your device – and even spy on you.
Apple says the vulnerability may have been actively exploited by hackers.
That means some iPhone owners may have already fallen victim to an attack.
It is not publicly known who was responsible, but cyber experts believe highly sophisticated attackers were behind the “exploit”.
“Another clue was provided when Apple revealed that security researchers at Google’s Threat Analysis Group, which investigates nation-state-sponsored spyware, hacking and cyberattacks, discovered and reported the WebKit bug,” Pieter noted.
“It can give you an idea of who used the exploit in the wild.”
If you have an eligible iPhone, you should update your device immediately.
Here is a list of all supported devices:
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14 Plus
- iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 Pro Max
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone Xs
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)
If your iPhone is too old to update, consider upgrading.
Otherwise, you may be at risk of hacking attacks that your device cannot defend against.
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