Apple reveals some devices vulnerable to hacking without update

Apple released a new security update on Wednesday as the company uncovered alarming vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to take control of certain devices, including iPhones.

The company said iPads and Macs running older software are also vulnerable to hackers.

New security updates for iPhones from the 6s, all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2, iPad 5th generation and higher, iPad mini 4 and higher and the iPod touch 7th generation should protect against such attacks.

Customers shop for the iPhone X at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York in this November 3, 2017 file photo.
The vulnerabilities affect 6th generation iPhones.
AP/Richard Drew

Apple said hackers could potentially infiltrate devices through “malicious web content.”

This means hackers could be given “full administrator access” to the device, allowing intruders to pose as the owner and run arbitrary software on their behalf, he said Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security.

The announcement has prompted security experts to advise users to update their Apple products, including computers.

“An attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected device,” said the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency.

Apple has not disclosed how, where, or by whom the vulnerabilities were discovered.

With postal wires Apple reveals some devices vulnerable to hacking without update


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