Apple is tackling a flaw in iOS powered devices that allowed hackers to take control of them, it has announced, after security experts raised concerns and the German government issued an official warning to owners.
The vulnerability in iPads, iPhones and iPods surfaced after it was exposed by Jailbreakme.com, which this week released code to allow users to hack their gadgets so they can run unauthorised apps.
However, a matter of hours of later it was discovered that the same bug could be exploited by nefarious sorts, who could simply download the code the site issued and create a malicious PDF document.
Once installed on the phone, this would allow them to earwig on iKit owners’ conversations and root around in any confidential information they have stored.
In response to developments, Apple has announced it is planning a fix to nix the hole in iOS in the near future, but has yet to name a due date.
Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said: "Apple takes security very seriously. We are developing a fix that will be available to customers in an upcoming software update.”