Google researchers found mass iPhone hack attempt

|About: Alphabet Inc. (GOOG)|By:, SA News Editor

Google (GOOG)(GOOGL -0.1%) researchers uncovered a sustained, two-year campaign to hack large numbers of iPhones (AAPL -0.1%).

The researchers "discovered a small collection of hacked websites" that exploited vulnerabilities in iOS. The names of the websites weren't disclosed.

Key quote: "Simply visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your device, and if it was successful, install a monitoring implant. We estimate that these sites receive thousands of visitors per week."

The implant could give hackers access to a user's contacts, photos, and location plus data from a number of apps.

Google informed Apple of the 14 total vulnerabilities on February 1. Apple quickly issued a software update.

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