PDFs Pose Threat In iOS Devices
Users are particularly vulnerable when they view Portable Document Format, or PDF, files, which give attackers an opportunity to infect the devices with malicious software, giving them administrative rights to the device.
The same could occur when opening a website that carries an infected PDF file, possibly opening the device to criminals spying on passwords, planners, photos, text messages, emails and even listen in on phone conversations.
Internet-connected mobile devices are still subject to fewer attacks than personal computers, but they could eventually prove a juicy target for hackers because they are warehouses of confidential banking, email, calendar, contact and other data.
Software vulnerabilities are discovered all the time. What makes the latest discovery alarming is that the weaknesses are already being actively exploited – albeit in a consensual way.
Now, is it Apple’s turn to fall prey to the hands of hackers?