The Apple security flaw leaves Apple device users vulnerable to hackers, and the flaw is such a simple one that some find it surprising that it was able to slip by. This flaw is so out of character of this technology giant, that some suggest it was deliberately done by someone who went rogue. This is a major flaw in Apple devices which allows the hacker to intercept encrypted messages such as email and other communications, claims Stuff.co.az. on Feb. 23.
Apple released a fix, it is a simple fix for devices running OS such as iPods, iPhones and iPads. Many of their devices will update automatically, but Apple advises users to run a software update on their Apple devices (Settings > General > Software Update).
Apple is working behind the scenes to stop the ability of hackers to grab email, get a hold of your financial information and other data that is sensitive by issuing a software update “very soon.”
Apple confirmed the latest findings of researchers who reported this flaw for not only Apple’s mobile devices but for their notebooks and desktops too.
Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller addressed the latest news of Apple devices having this flaw:
"We are aware of this issue and already have a software fix that will be released very soon."
This flaw that makes it easy for hackers is “about as bad as you could imagine,” said Matthew Green, John Hopkins University professor of cyptography.
Chief technology officer at the security firm Crowdstrike, Dmitri Alperovitch said that this flaw lets the hackers intercept emails both to and from the users phone, but it also allows the hacker to alter them and to "deliver exploits to take control of your system.”
This flaw is so simple and “odd in retrospect” that some researchers not only fault Apple for lack of testing, but some also suggest it was put there deliberately by either a “rogue engineer or a spy.”
While that is one serious suggestion, Adam Langley, a Google engineer, wrote on his personal blog that he thinks it was just a mistake. He also said he feels “very bad for whomever might have slipped.” The question of how this could happen to the pioneers in the world of computer technology is still unanswered today.
Update: Feb. 24, Apple has published a fix in the form of 7.0.6, and according to the Christian Science Monitor. If your device is setup to automatically download Apple software updates, chances are your device has already updated.