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New iOS Bug Reportedly Allowing Malicious Apps to Monitor Touch Inputs

A group of researchers claim that an iOS bug enables suspicious apps to track different types of touch/press inputs secretly

Feb 25 2014, 9:09am CST | by

New iOS Bug Reportedly Allowing Malicious Apps to Monitor Touch Inputs
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The iOS is once again found to be affected with a bug, as researchers notice that a flaw in Apple’s mobile operating system is paving a way for the malicious app to monitor touch inputs, without being detected.

According to Mac Rumors, the researchers of FireEye, a security firm, have revealed the issue, stating that the malicious apps have been taking the advantage of a bug in iOS multitasking function to track the touch inputs.

The researchers inform that they noticed a process of avoiding Apple’s app review system, enabling the suspicious app to track the screen touches in the App Store.

According to PC World, FireEye researchers said, “We have created a proof-of-concept ‘monitoring’ app on non-jailbroken iOS 7.0 x devices.” They added, “This monitoring ‘app’ can record all the user touch/press events in the background, including, touches on the screen, home button press, volume, button press and TouchID press, and then this app can send all user events to any remote server.”

The researchers believe that the hackers could have applied several social marketing strategies to allure the victims installing the suspicious app, or took the advantage of a major issue in any existing software.

Nonetheless, the researchers are currently working with Apple to fix the issue. On the other hand, Apple hasn’t made any comment regarding the issue.

 

 

 
 
 


Ehsanul Haque Kanan is covering consumer electronics with passion. He is especially an avid follower of all things Apple.

 

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