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A new report has revealed that iPhones are vulnerable to malware attacks even when they’re turned off.
Wired reports that according to a recent study from researchers at Germany’s Technical University of Darmstadt, iPhone devices are still vulnerable to malware attacks even when powered off. When turning an iPhone off, chips inside the device still run in a low-power state making it possible to locate the lost or stolen device using the Find My app.
The article goes on to state the following:
Now, researchers have developed a method to run malware on iPhones even when the devices appear to be powered off. The Bluetooth chip in all iPhones has no way to digitally sign or encrypt the firmware it runs, researchers have now developed a method to exploit the lack of security on the chip and run malicious firmware allowing the researchers to track the iPhone’s location or run new features.
Researchers state in their paper, “The current LPM implementation on Apple iPhones is opaque and adds new threats. Since LPM support is based on the iPhone’s hardware, it cannot be removed with system updates. Thus, it has a long-lasting effect on the overall iOS security model.”
They added that powering off the iPhone turns it into a tracking device by design, and the implementation within the Bluetooth firmware is not secured against manipulation.
Researchers have devised a way to run malware that remains active even when an iPhone appears to be powered down. https://t.co/N97NHaQ2UY
— WIRED (@WIRED) May 17, 2022
A new report has revealed that iPhones are vulnerable to malware attacks even when they’re turned off. https://t.co/BkpX4mloMW
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 21, 2022
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