Apple downplays Masque attack bug concerns

Apple says that default OS X and iOS security settings are enough to thwart Masque Attack bug.

Published Date
14 - Nov - 2014
| Last Updated
14 - Nov - 2014
 
Apple downplays Masque attack bug concerns

Apple has issued a statement saying that its operating system has built-in protections to prevent malware downloads. The tech giant responded to reports of a new flaw called 'Masque Attack' that leaves Apple's iOS operating system vulnerable to cyber attacks by hackers seeking access to sensitive data and control of their devices.

"We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software," an Apple representative said, adding that the company was not aware of its customers actually falling victim to such an attack. "We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and to pay attention to any warnings as they download apps. Enterprise users installing custom apps should install apps from their company's secure website."

Earlier this week, cyber security company FireEye had issued a warning about a vulnerability in Apple's mobile operating system dubbed 'Masque Attack' that could allow hackers to use Web pages, text messages and emails to fool users into downloading fake apps that could disclose their personal information. FireEye stated that the bug affects all Apple mobile devices running iOS 7 or later, i.e, approximately 95 percent of all Apple mobile devices.

This is the second vulnerability exposed in Apple iOS in the last two weeks. Earlier this month another attack called "WireLurker," was also discovered that is based on the same vulnerability as Masque Attack. The malware originated at a Chinese third party apps website and affected thousands of users. Apple had warned users to download programs from trusted sources only to protect themselves against malware. Researchers have raised concerns about Apple product security, which have stated to be superior to Google's Android mobile operating system. Also Read: Apple issues security warning for iCloud

Source: Apple Insider