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Google, security researchers say that hackers used for more than two years of targeting the iPhones “mass” and the “monitoring of implants,” on Apple’s smartphones and tablets.
The implants are placed in the possession of the ability to steal personal information, such as imessages, photos, and GPS location in real-time, according to Google’s researchers.
In a blog post on Monday, Ian Beer of Google’s security research team, Project Zero, saying that the hackers exploited the iPhone vulnerabilities to surreptitiously place the patient on the phones of users who visited certain hacked web sites.
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“It was not to be a victim of discrimination, simply visit the hacked site, which was sufficient for running a server on your machine, and if it is successful, the installation of a monitoring device,” he said, “We estimate that these sites receive thousands of visitors every week.”
Beer isn’t identifying the hacked sites are in the post.
File photo: A participant checks with an iPhone X Apple launch event in san francisco, California, USA, September 12, 2017.
“The compromised sites have been used in any watering hole attacks against visitors to their sites,” he added.
The experts have identified a total of 14, iPhone, the vulnerabilities associated with the five exploits. According to Google, seven of the vulnerabilities were related to the iPhone’s Web browser. Google says it notified Apple of the vulnerability on Oct 1, 2019, and, as the iPhone maker patched they are, on February 7, 2019.
Google’s researchers have identified five separate and unique iPhone operate chains,” that is to say, they are almost every version of the iOS operating system, iOS 10, to get the latest version of iOS, 12.
“This will be indicated by a group in a sustained effort to get to hack on to the users of the iphone, in some communities, over a period of time of not less than two years,” Beers explains.
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In a tweet, the Beer is described on the research done by Project Zero, as “it’s a huge effort to get out of each other and document nearly every single byte of a multi-year-in-the-wild exploitation of the campaign.”
In his blog post, the Beer will also be alerted that, as the hacking campaign, spotted by Project Zero has been dealt with, “there are almost certainly others that have yet to be seen.”
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Other security experts have also voiced concern over the reported targeting of the iPhone, the vulnerabilities.
“For a long period of time, it is a myth that iOS and OSX are safe and secure, operating systems, and do not have security systems such as anti-malware in order to protect them,” said Boris Cipot, a senior security engineer for a software security company and Synopsys, in a statement by e-mail to Fox News. “This latest attack reinforces that there is no such thing as a completely secure operating system, is 100 per cent secure’ does not exist.”
Fox News has reached Apple with a request for comment for this story.
Apple is expected to launch its latest iphone during an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, usa. on Sept. 10. The tech giant is expected to launch new iPhones at the event, the Steve Jobs of the Theater, on the campus, according to the report.
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Earlier this month, Apple’s main rival Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy Note 10 is with phones that use Google’s Android operating system.
On Fox Business, Jonathan Garber contributed to this article.
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