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This article was published on November 14, 2014

Apple responds to that scary-sounding Masque Attack: Heed warnings and you’ll be fine

Apple responds to that scary-sounding Masque Attack: Heed warnings and you’ll be fine Image by: Roberto Baldwin
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Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

Earlier this week, security research firm FireEyepointed to a flaw that it called Masque Attack, which could allow malicious apps to be installed on iOS devices, replacing official third-party apps to mine data.

Apple has now responded to the issue. In a statement to iMore, it says: “We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software. We’re not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack.

“We encourage customers to only download from trusted sources like the App Store and pay attention to any warnings as they download apps. Enterprise users installing custom apps should install apps from their company’s secure website.”

So there you have it: you’d need to ignore all the built in security features to be caught by the Masque Attack.

➤ Apple [via iMore]

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