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Apple security flaw: iPhone and Mac devices at risk, Apple provides software fix

An Apple security flaw that posed a threat to both iPhone and Mac devices is being corrected by Apple this week via an emergency software fix. It seems the update would prevent potential hackers from breaking into the system and stealing information from emails, breaching financial data, or finding other sensitive details. The Orlando Sentinel reports this Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, that iPhone users have already likely received notification of the security update, while a software reboot is coming “very soon” for Mac users.

An Apple iPhone and Mac device together
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While most mobile iPhone and Mac computer users can rest easy knowing their private information is safe, an Apple security flaw was brought to light this week that warranted an official announcement from Apple, Inc., yesterday. It appears that the electronic company recently became aware that devices could be compromised by hackers entering the system via email and other online modes of entry. In order to combat this risk, the Apple team immediately began working on a software update to protect users.

This Saturday, Apple Inc. said that overall fixes would be provided “very soon” and effectively prevent hackers from stealing sensitive data from both iPhones and Macs. The serious security error is not only present in iPhones and iPads, continues the report, but any and all desktop machines or notebooks running Mac OS X.

"We are aware of this issue and already have a software fix that will be released very soon," confirmed an Apple spokeswoman in an statement this week.

Many iPhone users are likely already aware this Friday that a software fix was allotted for mobile devices running the iOS system, and a majority will update themselves automatically to keep users’ information and email accounts safe. However, Mac devices are still at risk until the new update is release; technology experts at Apple released the security flaw issue also existed on the mainstream computers’ operating systems.

Unfortunately, the source site notes that hackers and enemy intelligence agencies may likely be working overtime in order to create invasive programs that can steal information from the Apple security flaw still open on Macs — again, iPhones are now safe— before the company formally composes and released the fix that will stop them in their cyber tracks.

The reason for the potential software breach remains a mystery. Researchers have since laid the blame on Apple for “inadequate testing,” but either way, it is a serious mistake that could compromise many tech users across the U.S. if the compromised time frame is taken advantage of by hackers.

"It's as bad as you could imagine, that's all I can say," Johns Hopkins University cryptography professor Matthew Green noted this week.

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