Apple’s iPhone has typically been considered a very safe and secure ecosystem given that the company has strict security protocols and almost never experience serious security breaches. However, that illusion has been smashed by a revelation by Google’s security researchers who recently published a research that revealed that “hacked websites” have attacked iPhones for 2 years now.
This news couldn’t come at a worse time given that Apple’s brand new iPhone 11 is about to be announced and now its existing user base has been made aware that their phones have been unsecured for two whole years.
The scary part about this revelation is that just visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your device. Once attacked, one’s device could be taken over and all photos, messages, login credentials and banking passwords were exposed.
There hasn’t been a lot of details about the website in question but it is possible that this attack was targeted at specific users in particular geographies and demographics. It very well could be a nation state-sponsored attack from the looks of things.
Literally, every iPhone was vulnerable to the attack and it was only fixed in the iOS 12.1.4 update.
With that being said, be safe out there and don’t visit dodgy websites when you are on the web.