Leave a comment

Apple scrambles to fix iPhone bug that let hackers see your photos

Apple scrambles to fix iPhone bug that let hackers see your photos
Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

We recently told you about a scary privacy vulnerability in Apple's newest operating system, iOS 9.3.1. It let hackers easily get into your iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to look at your photos, your contacts, and other personal information.

Here's how it worked: You speak to the voice-activated personal assistant Siri and have it search an app like Twitter for a person's contact information, such as an email address. Then, you use the iPhone's touch-sensitive screen feature, 3D Touch, to open the Quick Actions Menu. You add the contact to existing contacts, and the iPhone opens up all your contacts.

With just a few more steps, the hacker could access all your personal photos. Scary.

There's good news here. While the vulnerability was in iOS 9.3.1, Apple has fixed the security hole. They made a change on the back-end server to block these kinds of requests, so you don't need to do anything. (Check out the video below.)

However, this is an important reminder that you must protect all your devices with a rock-solid Internet security system.

Note: You can also disable Siri, if you're worried that this always-on assistant can let hackers in. To do that, go to Settings>>Touch ID & Passcode and under "Allow Access When Locked" disable Siri.

Next Story
Source: Tripwire
Top Story: New "CEO" phishing scam surges 270%; nets hackers $2.3 billion
Previous Happening Now

Top Story: New "CEO" phishing scam surges 270%; nets hackers $2.3 billion

The next big thing in smartphones: Would you buy one of these?
Next Happening Now

The next big thing in smartphones: Would you buy one of these?

View Comments ()