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Experts warn your iPhone can be tracked through the camera after ‘fake shutdown’

EXPERT has shown how hackers can spy on you through your iPhone’s camera when you think it’s turned off.

The scary technique of faking a shutdown allows someone to snoop around without being noticed.

The phone on the left shows what the camera sees on the phone on the right, even if it appears to be off

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The phone on the left shows what the camera sees on the phone on the right, even if it appears to be offCredit: ZecOps

Apple devices are very resistant to viruses and other threats.

Usually, any malware is wiped out after you restart your iPhone, reports Computer Bleeping.

When you turn off your phone, the screen naturally goes black and everything with it stops working.

But in this case, the blank screen you see is not all.

It’s a fake screen, which means the spy can continue without being forced off.

Monitoring will also continue after the device starts back up again.

Security experts from ZecOps developed a trojan proof-of-concept tool to demonstrate how an attacker can do this.

And because it’s based solely on human deception and not part of a known vulnerability, it’s not something Apple can patch.

“Even though we turned off all physical feedback, the phone was fully functional and capable of maintaining an active internet connection,” the researchers stated.

“A malicious person can blatantly manipulate the phone remotely without worrying about getting caught because the user is tricked into thinking the phone is off, because the victim turns it off, or because the bad guy uses ‘low battery’ as an excuse. .”

They advise users to never trust that a device is completely turned off.

“Since iOS 15, Apple has introduced a new feature that allows users to track their phone even when it is turned off.

“Malware researcher @naehrdine Written Get a technical analysis of the feature and share her opinion on “Security and Privacy Impact”.

“We agreed with her that ‘Never trust a device to turn off, until you remove its battery, or even better, put it in the Blender’.”

Fortunately, it is not an active attack but experts have done it to demonstrate the dangers.

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Fortunately, it is not an active attack but experts have done it to demonstrate the dangers.Credit: Getty
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