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Decrypted: Google finds a devastating iPhone security flaw, FireEye hack sends alarm bells ringing

In case you missed it: A ransomware attack saw patient data stolen from one of the largest U.S. birthrate structures; the Supreme court of the united states began examining a event that may change how millions of Americans use computers and the internet; and lawmakers in Massachusetts have voted to ban police from use facial recognition across the state.

In this week’s Decrypted, we’re deep-diving into two tales beyond the headlines, including why the breach at cybersecurity heavyweight FireEye has the cybersecurity industry in shock.

THE BIG PICTURE Google researcher receives a major iPhone defence defect , now fixed

What happens when you leave one of the best security investigates alone for six months? You get one of the most devastating vulnerabilities ever found in an iPhone — a glitch so injuring that it can be employed over-the-air and requires no interaction on the user’s part.

The AWDL bug under onslaught abusing a proof-of-concept exploit developed by a Google researcher. Image Credits: Ian Brew/ Google Project Zero

The vulnerability was found in Apple Wireless Direct Link( AWDL ), an important part of the iPhone’s software that among other things allows users to share folders and photos over Wi-Fi through Apple’s AirDrop feature.

” AWDL is enabled by default, disclosing a large and complex attack surface to everyone in radio proximity ,” wrote Google’s Ian Beer in a tweet, who found the vulnerability in November and disclosed it to Apple, which pushed out a fix for iPhones and Macs in January.

But exploiting the glitch admitted Beer to gain access to the underlying iPhone software using Wi-Fi to gain control of a prone maneuver — includes the meanings, emails and photos — as well as the camera and microphone — without alerting the subscribers. Beer said that the fault “couldve been” manipulated over” every hundred rhythms or more ,” depending on the hardware used to carry out the attack. But the good news is that there’s no testify that malevolent intruders have actively tried to exploit the bug.

News of the fault attracted immediate attention, though Apple didn’t comment. NSA’s Rob Joyce said the bug find is “quite an accomplishment,” given that most iOS imperfections necessary chaining numerou vulnerabilities together in order to better get access to the underlying software.

Wow. An iOS exploit that doesn’t involve chaining several vulnerabilities together is quite an accomplishment. https :// t.co/ ZccMcVTIch

— Rob Joyce (@ RG_BLights) December 2, 2020

FireEye spoofed by a nation-state, but the consequence is unclear

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