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Apple Discovers Flaw in OS Vunerable to Hackers

Apple Computer has discovered that there is a serious issue with their iOs software which leaves their users open to attack from hackers, according to a recent article published by Auto World News. The article confirms that the “crucial flaw” allows attackers to “easily intercept even encrypted communications.”  Technology experts believe, according to this report, that Apple mobile devices “allow for hacking” and that Macintosh computers “are especially vulnerable.”

The article indicates that users of some Apple products, both computers and mobile devices, are “vulnerable when they are on an unsecured wireless service” –  for example,  those connections configured for public use in “restaurants” or shopping malls. The technology giant has not announced how this flaw was discovered but has released a statement on their support site confirming the failure of their software to “validate the authenticity of the connection“, according to the article. When a user connects to this type of wireless option, according to Auto World News, the flaw allows hackers to “view and intercept exchanges between the user and sites like Gmail and Facebook, which are intended to be encrypted.”

Cryptography professor Matthew Green of  Johns Hopkins University was quoted in the article to say, “It’s as bad as you could imagine, that’s all I can say.” The article outlines that in addition to “the average hacker” these devices “have been vulnerable to any government agencies that can access telecom data.” Green continued to inform in the article by adding that attackers have the ability to “impersonate protected sites like Facebook and watch as data goes back and forth between the user and the genuine site.Apple has not announced any detection of hackersexploiting the flaw” but they have “issued updates for the current version of iOS for iPhone 4 and later, 5th-generation iPod touches, and iPad 2 and later“, according to the report.

According to recent analysis by security researchers, the same flaw has been found in Apple’s Mac OSX software used to operate both laptop and desktop workstations, as confirmed in the article. The company expects to announce and release a patch to address this side of this issue very soon, according to the report.

Read more about this surprising development and how Apple Computer is prepared to deal with the aftermath and their users in the full article at Auto World News

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