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iPhone owners should update to iOS 10.3 right now, or they could face this terrifying hack

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Written by Kamil Arli

If you haven’t upgraded your iPhone and iPad to the latest version of iOS, you could be subject to this terrifying ransom hack, according to the Express.co’s report.

Apple pushed-out iOS 10.3 to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners earlier this week.

The new operating system includes some useful new features – like the ability to track your wireless AirPod headphones – as well as blockbuster behind-the-scenes change.

Apple has also used the software update to patch a serious security hole in Safari.

According to ArsTechnica, the latest update fixes an issue that allowed hackers to remotely take control of your web browser – allowing them to demand a ransom from the user before handing back control of the device to the user.

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Clearing the browsing history and the cache

It was possible to prevent the ransom demand prior to iOS 10.3, however, that meant clearing the browsing history and the cache.

That’s not something most users would be able to do.

Fortunately, Apple has now closed the hole that was being exploited by cybercriminals – so that hackers will never be able to pull this hack off again.

Researchers from security firm Lookout have detailed how hackers were able to capture users and trick them into handing over a ransom fee.

The hack would appear to block your web browser, and demand a ransom to unlock itAPPLE • LOOKOUT

The hack would appear to block your web browser, and demand a ransom to unlock it

It would lock out a victim from using the browser

Writing in the official Lookout blog, Andrew Blaich, Jeremy Richards, and Kristy Edwards post: “The scammers abused the handling of pop-up dialogs in Mobile Safari in such a way that it would lock out a victim from using the browser.

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“The attack would block use of the Safari browser on iOS until the victim pays the attacker money in the form of an iTunes Gift Card.

“During the lockout, the attackers displayed threatening messaging in an attempt to scare and coerce victims into paying.

“Its purpose is to scare the victim into paying to unlock the browser before he realizes he doesn’t have to pay the ransom to recover data or access the browser.

“Lookout found this attack in the wild last month, along with several related websites used in the campaign, discovered the root cause, and shared the details with Apple.”

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iPhone users can now track their wireless headphones, AirPods, within iOS 10.3APPLE

iOS 10.3 also includes a number of nifty new user-facing features

iPhone users can now track their wireless headphones, AirPods, within iOS 10.3
Security scares aside, iOS 10.3 also includes a number of nifty new user-facing features.

For example, Siri now supports paying and checking the status of a bill with payment apps, and can now be used to schedule ride booking apps.

You can also now ask the voice assistant to check the fuel level in your car, as well as turn on the headlights and activate the horn.

Cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council are also now supported in Siri.

Express.co.uk has rounded-up all the changes to your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in iOS 10.3.

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Kamil Arli

Editor of DigitalReview.co. Digital Media Consultant

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