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Public WiFi Zones May Be Dangerous with Apple iOS 8’s Newest Bug

AppleIt’s no longer a surprise that tech giants struggle with the many hindrances and because of Apple’s huge market share, they have been the target of most hackers.

By finding loopholes and flaws in its system and software, hackers are able to get valuable information from users and use it for profit. The company, however, has not fallen short in addressing this issue by releasing eight updates in its first 6 months.

Despite their many updates, the tech giant has not released one that directly deals with the device’s bug.

No iOS Zone

The “No iOS Zone” launches an unsafe WiFi hotspot that then triggers the DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack that leaves devices unusable—forever.

According to SkyCure, a group of professional hackers that have supposedly discovered a major finding regarding Apple devices’ vulnerability to WiFi, the denial of service happens even in offline mode.

The constant use of apps and its background properties can be the main reason for most iPhone damages. Its background running feature greatly contributes to how easily it is penetrable by the bug.

Since anybody can set up a router with a WiFi network that forces you to connect to their network, the only way to avoid the problem is to purposely and eagerly run away from it.

The conclusion is to not connect to unknown hotspots before the next update.

Collaboration

The company SkyCure, made of security researches, say, “As SSL is a security best practice and is utilized in almost all apps in the Apple  store, the attack surface is very wide. We knew that any delay in patching the vulnerability could lead to a serious business impact: an organized denial of service (DoS) attack can lead to big losses.”

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It has been confirmed that SkyCure is engaging in talks with Apple and are planning to work together.

Sharabani, CEO of SkyCure, praised the tech giant’s quick response, however, no distinct timeline has been set for further projects and progress regarding the serious bug. The bug is said to use specially coded and created SSL certificates that assure users of better connection, to launch the bug and corrupt the operating system in general.

While updates are expected to come from Apple, no date has been set—to cut to the chase, don’t set high hopes.

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