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Google's threat analysis group (TAG) has warned that several web pages have been attacking iPhone users for nearly two years by exploiting 14 vulnerabilities present in Apple's mobile operating system, iOS.
In a blog post on Project Zero, expert Ian Beer explains that the attackers "have made a constant effort to hack iPhones users in certain communities for a period of at least two years."
The attack was not directed, but it affected those who accessed any of the hacked pages. If it was successful, it installed a program capable of monitoring the use of the device . According to TAG estimates, these sites received "thousands of visitors per week."
It is a 'watering hole' type attack, a strategy in which attackers observe websites visited by a group of victims and infect one of them with 'malware', thus infecting them .
The team discovered 14 vulnerabilities that were exploited by the attackers: seven from the iPhone web browser, five in the core and two separate sandboxes - an isolation of processes used by the system to run programs - that allow malicious code to be entered into a device from the outside. They affected devices with versions from iOS 10 to iOS 12.
Once on the device, the malicious program was dedicated to sharing location information in real time and obtaining documents stored on the phone. According to Beer, he was able to access encrypted applications like WhatsAp p.
Beer states that Google communicated this situation to Apple on February 1, 2019, setting a week deadline for it to solve the problem, which coincided with the launch of iOS 12.1.4. Apple released a patch to correct the vulnerability on February 7, a fact that it made public through its website.
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