Kaspersky, a renowned antivirus provider, has recently discovered the spread of new malware among iPhones. The malware can attack models running up to iOS 15.7 through the iMessage app, and what makes it even more alarming is that it can infect devices without any user interaction. However, there is still good news – users can protect their devices from the attack. By simply updating their iPhone’s software, disabling automatic message preview, being cautious of unfamiliar links and attachments, and having antivirus software installed, users can keep their devices safe against this malware attack.
Kaspersky’s team discovered the attack while monitoring iPhone activity and noticing suspicious behavior in numerous iOS devices. Through offline backups, the company investigated and found that the malware attack occurs when a user receives a text message with an attachment that carries a security vulnerability. This vulnerability triggers a weakness in the device, which leads to the execution of malicious code without user interaction. The security flaw then connects to the Command and Control server and retrieves additional vulnerabilities, ultimately granting the malware full control over the iOS device.
Users can protect their iPhone by simply updating their software to iOS 16 or higher, disabling automatic message preview, avoiding unfamiliar links and attachments, and having antivirus software installed on their devices. Antivirus software can detect and remove malicious software, alert users of any phishing emails or ransomware scams, and stop them from clicking on potentially malicious links. Taking these precautions will give users peace of mind knowing they have taken steps to secure their device against this malware attack.
Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson, an award-winning tech journalist, advises users to follow these guidelines to ensure their safety. Kaspersky is still actively investigating the malware to determine the extent of the damage it has caused. For more updates and security alerts, subscribe to Kurt’s free CyberGuy Report Newsletter on CyberGuy.com.
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