Hackers Could Steal Your iOS Or Mac Passwords Using Nothing But A Single Image

Don't panic though, there's an easy fix.

22/07/2016 11:37

A vulnerability discovered by security researchers could allow hackers to gain access to the passwords on your Apple Mac or iOS device just by using a single image.

Cisco researcher Tyler Bohan found that there was a weakness in the TIFF format file which would allow malware to run undetected on the targeted device.

The vulnerability isn’t just limited to Macs and iPhones, according to Bohan anyone with a Apple TV or Apple Watch would be at risk of the attack as well.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

Thankfully there’s a quick and easy fix for all the devices. Apple has since rolled out a security update which completely fixes the vulnerability. 

To be fully protected just make sure your devices are updated to the following:

iOS 9.3.3
El Capitan 10.11.6
tvOS 9.2.2
watchOS 2.2.2

It’s extremely rare for Apple’s devices to become vulnerable to malware or hacking attacks but occasionally some do slip through the net.

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