If you are using an iPhone, you need to be worried about it. The brand which is famous for its privacy is now vulnerable to hacks. Your iPhone’s Wi-Fi password can be compromised by hackers at any time.
iPhone Wi-Fi Hack Explanation
According to him, if you join any Wi-Fi network with specific symbols, your iPhone’s Wi-Fi can be disabled until you reset the network setting. It works as a string format with %p%s%s%s%s%n. As soon as you join the network, you are prone to be attacked by malicious codes that could severely harm your device at any time.
According to researchers, it has also been found that the characters may not be weird but your iPhone’s Wi-Fi can still be compromised via a legitimate network name. And this causes more concern to the brand. Though the research is still work-in-progress, the iPhone owners are really in great danger.
Since the attack traffic is not part of the corporate network, Firewalls, NACs, and Secure WLANs do not protect against this type of attack and most traditional network security solutions remain completely oblivious to it, Attack traffic can be sent over channels that are not used for corporate network traffic. Consequently, the attack goes undetected by network security solutions and does not leave any trace in the forensics and networking logs.
– Amichai, CTO of wireless security specialist AirEye
The vulnerability is not only restricted to the iOS operating system but it can also attack your macOS.
We hope the company will take care of this serious issue and release some patches to fix it soon. According to Malwarebytes.com, they have shared a solution to this. Though it is not permanent, you can reset your device at any time if it is compromised. It will erase all your Wi-Fi passwords and you have to set up everything from the beginning.
Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings
It would be a different experience as you join the Wi-Fi network through your iPhone next time. The users should be more cautious enough to save their personal data.