Safari Hackers Able to Take Over Webcams and Microphones on Apple Products

Including iPhones, Macs, Macbooks, and iPads.

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According to reports, recently patched bugs on Safari allowed hackers to take over users’ webcams and microphones on Apple iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, and Macs. The bugs were originally found by a security researcher named Ryan Pickren, who says when several of them are combined and sent as a link, it tricks the Safari browser into relinquishing control of the webcam and mic.

Wired reveals hackers were able to secretly launch the victim’s webcam and mic and use both to record video, audio, and create photos. The security researcher notes that the bugs date from “years ago” and have become far more dangerous than when they were created. Apple has since rewarded the researcher a $75,000 USD bug bounty and patched the bugs with its January and March updates. However, if users have yet to update their Apple products in January or March, they may still be vulnerable to the attack.

In other tech news, Apple’s iPhone 9 may release this April.

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