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Extremely tricky phishing scheme will take over your smartphone or tablet

Extremely tricky phishing scheme will take over your smartphone or tablet
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Do you use your smartphone or tablet to check your email? It's probably one of the main things you do on your gadget. But hackers can now take advantage of a security flaw to take over some gadgets just by sending you a very convincing pop-up message.

Now we know there is a security hole in Apple iPhone and iPad email apps that has gone unfixed by Apple for months. The bug could affect millions of Apple users, can seriously damage your gear and open your accounts to thieves. This nasty little bug goes into your Apple-provided email client, Mail, and forces a pop-up message that looks identical to legitimate pop-ups displayed by Apple gadgets themselves.

Once the email is opened, the hacker can get into your iPhone or iPad. The even scarier thing about this phishing scheme is that the hackers can adjust the pop-up message to ask you for whatever credentials they want. This could be anything from your email account's password to the answer to a security question so they can override your existing password.

This bug is more serious than any one before it since it has the capability to mimic the typical iCloud verification prompts. And the weirdest part about this all? We know who created the tool that allows hackers into the emails of millions of iOS Mail users.

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