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Protect your iPhone from a hack that has been infecting iOS for years



A new hack has been discovered for the iPhone 3G. Apple thought it had been solved with iOS 2.2. But this hack is not identified and resolved so quickly. It is a hack that exists at the moment, and can have serious consequences in the real world, so it is something that all iPhone users should know.

How the hack works



As an iPhone user, the main thing you should know is that this hack can force the phone to dial any number you block while making a call. All this can happen simply by touching an infected link.

The hack takes advantage from a security hole in iOS WebView, which is what applications like Twitter and Facebook used to process web pages without having to open the link externally in Safari. Basically, if you are using any application that has its own web browser "built" any link that touches can make be a victim of the attack.

The iPhone application developer for 18 years, Meetkumar Hiteshbhai Desai, was jailed on charges of felony in Arizona after developing a website that used this hack. According to police reports, Desai created a website that this malicious code used to make other phone users dial 911 repeatedly. Then he shared the link on Twitter, and after several iPhone users visit the page, the sheriff of Maricopa County received more than 100 calls to 911 in just a few minutes.

But the hack is even more dangerous. Theoretically, a stalker could establish a link that forces other phones to dial this number. Then simply use the caller ID to associate your username with your personal phone number.

What you should do to avoid this


This error does not affect Safari, Chrome or any third party web browser for iOS. It only affects the WebView system. This means you can surf securely on the Internet if you stay inside your browser.

The problem occurs when clicking on a link from an application that is not a web browser. Some applications can open the link externally in Safari, which would not cause any problems. However, other applications use WebView to display pages without opening Safari, so this is where we must be careful.

So if you want to be safer, do not open any links unless you're using Safari. You can also press and hold pressed the URL hyperlinks or using 3D Touch to preview, which can help you determine if a link is legitimate or possibly malicious.

Apple already tried to fix this mistake once, but not eliminated completely. Which means we can not ensure that a new security patch will eliminate it at 100%. So, until we see an iOS update that mentions specifically the correction of this error, we will have to be careful.
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