According to antivirus provider Kaspersky, a new malware is rampant among iPhones, attacking models up to iOS 15.7 via the iMessage app. The scary part is that the infection can spread without user intervention. The good news is that you can prevent device hijacking.
How This iPhone Malware Attack Was Discovered
While monitoring iPhone activity, the Kaspersky team noticed suspicious behavior from a large number of iOS devices. Due to Apple’s strict security restrictions, the company had to use offline backups to perform a thorough device search.
They discovered a malware attack that occurs when iPhone users receive text messages containing attachments with security vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities in attachments can cause weaknesses in the device, allowing malicious code to run without requiring user intervention. The security flaw then connects to a command and control server to gain additional vulnerabilities, ultimately granting the malware complete control over the iOS device.
How can I protect myself from this malware?
There are a few things you can do right now to ensure protection from this malware. Here are my tips:
update your iphone
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This malware only attacks iPhones with the software installed through the 15.7 update. It is safe when running on iOS16 or later software. Here’s how to update your phone to use the right software.
- open the Settings app
- Tap Universal
- select software update
If an update is available, it will be displayed here.click install If there is an update available, start the update
Disable automatic message preview
You can prevent potentially malicious content from automatically loading by disabling the automatic message preview feature. Here’s how:
- go to setting
- scroll down to notification tap it
- Then go to Show preview and click I never have
Beware of unknown links
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Do not click on links sent via iMessage, especially if they are from unknown or untrusted sources. Malicious links can lead to websites and downloads that can compromise your device’s security.
Be careful with attachments
Be careful when receiving text messages or attachments, especially from unknown or suspicious sources. Do not open or download unexpected attachments as they may contain malware.
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Antivirus software installed
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Having good antivirus software installed on your iPhone may prevent hackers from breaking into your device. Installing antivirus software on your device will definitely stop you from clicking on potentially malicious links or opening malicious attachments sent in text messages. It can also detect and remove malicious software already installed on your device and warn you about phishing emails and ransomware scams.
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Cart key points
Kaspersky Lab is still actively investigating how much damage this malware has caused. For now, making sure your iPhone is up to date, disabling automatic message previews, installing antivirus software, and avoiding clicking on links sent via iMessage are the best ways to guarantee protection. method. Make sure you follow these guidelines to stay safe.
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