Yet To Update Your Older iPhone, iPads? Government Advisory Says You Might Be At Risk

In a fresh advisory, the Indian government has flagged cybersecurity threats for Apple iPhone and iPad users, especially those lagging in OS updates. The alert underscores the risks in iOS and iPadOS versions before 16.7.1, which could make users susceptible to cyberattacks.

What Happened? The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), under the Ministry of Electronics and IT, has rolled out a report pinpointing the devices at risk. This list includes iPhone 8 and newer, all iPad Pro models, iPad Air from the 3rd generation, iPad from the 5th generation, and the 5th generation iPad mini.

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CERT-In’s findings indicate that these older OS versions house multiple vulnerabilities. “These vulnerabilities exist in Apple iOS and iPadOS due to improper validation in kernel component and buffer overflow issue in WebRTC component,” notes the advisory.

Why is it concerning? Cybercriminals could potentially manipulate these weak points, remotely sending specific requests to the chosen device, gaining control, and accessing private data. Successful attacks could lead to data breaches, privacy violations, and financial setbacks.

While Apple consistently pushes updates to fix such vulnerabilities, many users often postpone these essential updates due to various concerns. To counter these threats, Apple enthusiasts should promptly update their devices, ensuring their digital safety and data protection.

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