Only a single character can crash your iPhone and block access to the Messaging app in iOS as well as popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook for iOS, and Gmail.
A potentially new severe bug affects not only iPhones but also a wide range of Apple devices, including iPads, Macs and even WatchOS devices running the latest versions of their operating software.
Like previous 'text bomb' bug, the new flaw can easily be exploited by anyone, requiring users to send only a single character from Teluguâa native Indian language spoken by about 70M people in the country.
Apple was made aware of the text bomb bug at least three days ago, and the company plans to address the issue in an iOS update soon before the release of iOS 11.3 this spring. The public beta version of iOS 11.3 is unaffected.
Since so many apps are affected by the new text bomb, bad people can use the bug to target Apple users via email or messaging or to create mass chaos by spamming the character across an open social platform.
Many security experts are worried that the changes being ushered in by the rush to adhere to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law may make it more difficult to track down cybercriminals and less likely that organizations will be willing to share data about new online threats.
Security experts argue that the data in WHOIS records has been indispensable in tracking down and bringing to justice those who seek to perpetrate said scams, spams, phishes and stalkers hence redacting such data in compliance with GDRP will be detrimental!
According to report by security expert Adam Ashton, two Sacramento Bee databases on a 3rd-party computer server were seized last month by an anonymous hacker who demanded The Bee pay a ransom in Bitcoin to get the data back.
The intrusion, which was discovered by a Bee employee last week, exposed one database containing California voter registration data from the California Secretary of State and another that had contact information for 53K current and former Bee subscribers who activated their digital accounts prior to 2017.
South Korea's Internet & Security Agency (KISA) has warned of a Flash zero-day vulnerability that has reportedly been exploited in attacks by North Korea's hackers.
According to the alert published by the KISA, the vulnerability affects the latest Flash Player version 22.214.171.124 and earlier. The zero-day vulnerability could be exploited by an attack by tricking victims into opening a document, web page or email containing a specially crafted Flash file.
According to researchers the Flash Player zero-day has been exploited by North Korea since mid-November 2017.