New iPhone Wi-Fi Hack Turns into More Dangerous Malicious Attack
Amichai Shulman, CTO of wireless security specialist AirEye, said, “Our research team was able to construct the network name in a way that does not expose the user to strange characters, making it look like a name. existing and legitimate network. ” This is a big deal because without the flashing red light of a network named% p% s% s% s% s% s% n warning an iPhone user to stay away, it could easily sync with a malicious Wi-Fi network.
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– Carl Schou (@vm_call) June 18, 2021
Shulman says, “Attack traffic can be sent over channels that are not used for corporate network traffic. Therefore, the attack goes undetected by network security solutions and leaves no trace in the investigation and networking logs.
Will Apple release a fix in the next version of iOS 14.7 currently in beta testing?
Amichai adds that Apple’s MacBooks could also be vulnerable, and formatting string faults can also be created for devices running Android, Windows, and Linux. “Airborne attacks are new and an unresolved threat vector. Given their stealthy nature, we are bound to see more attacks of this type,” said the technical director.
All Apple iPhone models running iOS 14 are considered at risk.