iPhone, MacBook

03 Sep 2019

 

Google researchers released a report earlier today that warns your iPhone can be hacked just by visiting one innocent-looking website.

A previous iPhone hacking campaign discovered by Google’s ProjectZero had identified at least five unique iPhone exploit chains that were capable of remotely jailbreaking an iPhone and loading spyware on it. Those exploit chains were found to utilize a total of 14 separate vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS. ProjectZero researcher Ian Beer blog post stated that only two of the 14 security vulnerabilities were zero-days, CVE-2019-7287 and CVE-2019-7286, and unpatched at the time of discovery. And the campaign went on for two years.

“We reported these issues to Apple with a 7-day deadline on 1 Feb 2019, which resulted in the out-of-band release of iOS 12.1.4 on 7 Feb 2019. We also shared the complete details with Apple, which were disclosed publicly on 7 Feb 2019,” Beer says. “Simply visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your device, and if it was successful, install a monitoring implant.”

An iPhone user landed on one of the hacked websites triggered Webkit exploits that attempted to gain access to the users iOS device. Privilege escalation then permitted deeper access until finally root access was obtained. iMessages, photos, and live GPS locations were then uploaded to an external server every 60 seconds. The spyware implant also stole data from several apps like Whatsapp, Telegram, iMesage, and private chat and stored that data in plain text. Perhaps worse, the spyware also gained access to keychain data containing credentials, authentication tokens, and certificates. Long-lived tokens included such services as Google’s Single-Sign-On which gave the hackers access to the user’s Google account, even once the Spyware was no longer running.

According to Beers, there is “no visual indicator on the device that the implant is running.” Beers continued to say that there’s “no way for a user on iOS to view a process listing, so the implant binary makes no attempt to hide its execution from the system.”

Apple has already patched the majority of the exploits and vulnerabilities, and users are always recommended to keep their devices up-to-date.

Schedule an Appointment

Schedule an Appointment

    Our clients are awesome!

    Based on 55 reviews.
    Jeremy Richards
    Jeremy Richards
    2020-03-13
    Petronella provides great advanced digital marketing and automation solutions for my business!
    Kate Swenson
    Kate Swenson
    2020-02-14
    Highly recommended for CMMC certification assistance! Excellent and affordable options for secure data hosting on local infrastructure. 5 stars!
    Tom Matzen
    Tom Matzen
    2020-01-25
    Petronella Technology Group helped us setup our sales and marketing automation, cybersecurity and compliance for our new Blockchain startup. Great to work with! Craig in particular really knows his stuff, can translate into non-tech speak, and has wisdom beyond his years. Highly recommend them.
    Justin Summers
    Justin Summers
    2020-01-14
    Craig is awesome! He is very professional and efficient with his work. I would definitely recommend Petronella Technology to anyone who needs state of the art service.
    Blake Rea
    Blake Rea
    2020-01-14
    Craig is an expert in his field. Impressed by his knowledge, A true pioneer in Cybersecurity. My business is safer thanks to Petronella Tech!
    Robert Friedman
    Robert Friedman
    2020-01-10
    For the last five years Craig has been the Contributing Editor for Cybersecurity for NC Triangle Attorney Law Magazine which I publish. His base of knowledge is always leading edge, pragmatic and early to understand for our readers who are not techies. He is patient and easy to work with.
    Tammy Everett
    Tammy Everett
    2020-01-10
    Craig Petronella, CEO of Petronella Technology Group provided the members of the Defense Alliance of North Carolina expert advice on cybersecurity and NIST compliance. Eye opening experience! Thanks so much!
    Julie Brown
    Julie Brown
    2020-01-09
    Craig and the Petronella Technology Group, Inc. team made HIPAA compliance for my small practice so simple and easy! They helped me with all of my HIPAA training, HIPAA Security Risk Assessment, Penetration Test, and HIPAA secure hosting so I can rest easy.
    Pivot Point
    Pivot Point
    2020-01-03
    Petronella Technology Group helped us with our marketing strategy for our new web startup. Awesome experience!!!!
    Richard Brunet
    Richard Brunet
    2019-12-30

    SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

    Make It Happen Now

    CLIENT SUPPORT

    Don't Feel Stranded

    CONSULTATION

    Get Best Advice

    PAYMENTS

    Make A Payment

    Top