Last autumn, the 18-year-old living in Arizona became famous for taking advantage of the iOS bug and created a malicious code that forced iPhones repeatedly call 911. Everyone knows that calling the emergency line without no reason is not a joke. Thus, this teenager has been arrested and accused of carrying out a cyber attack. He posted a malicious link on Twitter that has been clicked 117,502 times that initiated numerous hang-up calls to various emergency centers. However, after five months Apple managed to fix this flaw in its iOS 10.3. Therefore, emergency centers across the United States should be relieved as well as iPhone users. At least for a while, there won’t be any fake calls to 911.
Desai was not the first one who found the security flaw in Apple iOS. A few years ago another bug was spotted crashing iPhones and making the shut down automatically. What is more, back in 2008 the same phone-auto-dial vulnerability was noticed. Fortunately, security researcher Collin Mulliner reported Apple about it, and it was soon fixed. Thus, hopefully, Apple managed to find and fix all recent security vulnerabilities that might cause problems to users, organizations, and public sector.