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Massive new iPad and iPhone security flaw lets hackers take over

Massive new iPad and iPhone security flaw lets hackers take over
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Hackers have long tried to target iPhones and iPads, but Apple's intensive security measures usually kept your gadget fairly safe from most common attacks. That might be changing because there's a new a massive vulnerability discovered that could unlock 95% of iPhones and iPads, making them a hacker's playground.

The researchers call this vulnerability a "Masque Attack." It's a bit of a cheesy name, I know, but bear with me. Here's how it works:

Once an app is installed on your iOS gadget, your phone treats any app with the same name and digital signature as if it were the same app. Normally, your phone would confirm that something called a "certificate" proved that an update to an app was created by the same developer as the app that it's replacing.

The security researchers call attacks exploiting this vulnerability a Masque Attack because all iOS gadgets are vulnerable to malware-infected apps "masking" themselves as something that they're not.

WireLurker — if you remember last week's news — is malware that takes advantage of this flaw.

Next page: Find out how to stay safe on the next page.
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