Apple’s next software update for its iPhones and iPads will fix a security flaw that allows hackers to engage in spying and cyber crimes when the victim connects the device to a fake charging station, the company said on Wednesday.
Apple’s devices are vulnerable to attacks until the company releases its iOS 7 software update, which is slated for this fall.
Three computer scientists (Billy Lau, a research scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and graduate students Yeongjin Jang and Chengyu Song.), who alerted Apple to the problem earlier this year, demonstrated the security vulnerability at the Black Hat hacking convention in Las Vegas on Wednesday where some 7,000 security professionals are learning about the latest threats posed by computer hacking.
Apple said the issue had been fixed in the latest beta of iOS 7, which has already been released to software developers.
“We would like to thank the researchers for their valuable input,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said.