Whopping 500 million Apple devices can easily be hacked – your iPhone could be one of them. Good thing you can do something about it quickly.

It is almost frightening how easy researchers at the University of Darmstadt have gained access to various Apple products. The demonstrated Vulnerability affects about 500 million devices from the iPhone to the Mac and can be exploited with wireless and the simplest means.

Hack from Apple devices through a single feature possible

In a detailed video, the experts showed how they were able to turn off six devices at once from a distance. All that was needed was commercially available, inexpensive hardware, such as a WLAN card and a programmable board.

And who is guilty? A handy feature that Apple devices have in common: Airdrop. It allows users to easily transfer data from one Apple device to another. The technology behind it, however, is anything but safe, because the "Apple Wireless Direct Link" (AWDL), which should actually prevent attacks, can be easily tricked.

This is how the experts went about the Apple hack:

  • Bluetooth is used to "storm" the target device.
  • This activates AWDL.
  • Since Apple does not adequately check the inputs to the target device, flooding with requests leads to excessive demands.
  • The device turns off.

You should do that now to protect your iPhone

In fact, the serious problem has a very simple solution. It is sufficient if you install the newest version of the operating system. Since the researchers have already informed Apple about their findings and have published them only after closing the gap, an update to With the updates on iOS 12.1, macOS 10.14.1, tvOS 5.1 and watchOS 5.1 is completely sufficient.

Beware of other disadvantages

At least in the case of iOS 12.1 and watchOS 5.1, you should still be careful. In both cases, the update had other unpleasant side effects.

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