Apple warns of a major security flaw that allows hackers to break into your iPhones

Apple warns of a major security flaw that allows hackers to break into your iPhones

The flaw affects iPhones, iPads and Macs (Image: PA)

Apple has warned of a serious security risk affecting iPhones, iPads and iMacs, which could allow hackers to access your bank accounts, photos and emails.

The tech giant acknowledged the issue in new security reports, admitting it was aware “that this issue may have been actively exploited.”

Affected devices include the iPhone 6S and later models; Fifth-generation iPads and later, all iPad Pro models, and iPad Air 2.

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The flaw also affects Apple Mac computers running MacOS Monterey and some iPod models.

To update your device manually, go to: Settings > General > Software Update

To turn on automatic updates, go to: Settings > General > Software update > Automatic updates

“Apple has disclosed some pretty serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs that could allow hackers to take full control of these devices,” Jake Moore, ESET Global Cybersecurity Advisor, told Metro.co.uk.

“If exploited, attackers could see your location, read messages, view contact lists, and potentially even access your microphone and camera — all things you don’t want to have.”

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A message notifying users of an important security update is displayed on an iPhone 11, in London (Image: PA)

The bugs were reported by anonymous researchers, according to bleepingcomputer.com.

Apple has not disclosed any additional details about the attacks or who may have carried them out.

However, the tech giant was quick to release a fix in its latest software update that has “important security updates and is recommended for all users.”

The company’s iOS 15.6.1 update comes just a few weeks after the release of iOS 15.6.

Security experts ask Apple users to be cautious when updating their devices.

“Those in the public eye, such as activists, politicians and journalists, should act faster because they have previously become targets of nation-state espionage,” Moore said.

“Better safe than sorry, so it’s vital to update all devices immediately, which doesn’t take long with Wi-Fi.”

How to update your iPhone and iPad to iOS 15.6.1

Your iPhone or iPad may automatically prompt you to update to the new operating system. If not, you must:

  • Open Settings
  • Play General
  • Play Software update.
  • Click on the iOS 15.6.1 Update and install

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