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Beware the 'Ins0mnia' bug in iPhones and iPads

There could be malicious software stealing your personal information from your iPhone or iPad right now, and you wouldn't even know it. Worse, it could be tracking you with the GPS program that you turned off days ago.

It's called Ins0mnia and was discovered by cybersecurity experts who have alerted Apple to this very real threat. This malware is tricky.

You probably have noticed that Apple automatically turns off programs and apps after you don't use them for a while. One day, you may realize you forgot to turn something off, like the GPS that helped you get to a business meeting. But, when you checked it, Apple had already turned it off.

That's a good thing. But it's exactly how Ins0mnia tricks you. It fools Apple's iOS operating system into thinking your phone is running an anti-virus type software, the type that finds and deletes malware.

When iOS sees that fake anti-virus at work, is disables Apple's automatic-off switch. In other words, that GPS you turned off? It could still be tracking you.

There's good news to report. Apple issued a patch for Ins0mnia. So, just make sure your iPhone's or iPad's anti-virus protection is up-to-date.

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Source: ZDNet
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