Warning of Millions of iPhones Under Attack by Hackers – How to Protect Yourself

SMARTPHONE users have been warned of the escalating threat from hackers after more than 10 million devices were affected last year.

Cyber ​​crooks have jumped at the chance to exploit our growing reliance on technology, especially in the wake of the pandemic.

Malware affected more than 10 million devices in 214 countries last year


Malware affected more than 10 million devices in 214 countries last yearCredit: Alamy

So much so that nearly a quarter of mobile devices around the world will have encountered some form of malicious app in 2021 Zimperium zLabs.

Experts discovered more than two million new types of mobile malware in the past year.

The number is down 50 per cent from 2020, the “year of big changes”, as droves of people were forced into lockdown and many were working from home.

But that hasn’t stopped hackers from finding new tricks and cheating victims out of their hard-earned cash.

Zero-day exploits in the wild — vulnerabilities discovered in actual attacks that no one knew about before they were hit — skyrocketed by 466 percent.

“2021 saw far less change and disruption to everyday life, and the novel impact of the previous year’s news faded, forcing malicious actors to focus on more effective exploits and attacks,” states the Global Mobile Threat Report 2022.

“Threat actors have invested heavily in sophisticated frameworks like Flutter, Cordova, and Unity in 2021, rather than the traditional code of years past.”

Phishing sites that rip off well-known names and brands to fool people continue to be a massive threat to mobile users.

The team looked at more than 500,000 shady sites and found that the volume specifically targeting mobile phones had increased by 50 percent.

And it looks like people can’t rely on HTTPS as a sign of security anymore either.

The extension to traditional HTTP you see in web addresses is meant to signal secure communications, but researchers have found an increase in phishing sites using it.

This makes it even more difficult for users to tell the difference between a fake website and a real one.

Zimperium’s Richard Melick said, “These results illustrate why 2022 must be the year when security teams begin to take mobile security seriously and apply the same rigor in this area that they apply to traditional endpoints.”

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) were discovered for both major operating systems, with 357 reported on iOS and 574 on Android.

How to protect yourself from hackers

  • Protect your devices and networks by keeping them up to date: use the latest supported versions, use antivirus and scan regularly to protect against known malware threats.
  • Use multi-factor authentication to reduce the impact of password breaches.
  • Watch out for dodgy looking web links that don’t look official
  • Forward suspected phishing emails to the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC).

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