1,500 Apple apps deemed accessible to hackers

New research reports that approximately 1,500 apps for iPhones and iPads contain a vulnerability that allows hackers to easily access and intercept sensitive encrypted consumer information, according to Ars Technica.

The vulnerability stems from an open source code library called AFNetworking that allows developers to incorporate networking capabilities into their apps, according to the report. AFNetworking said they fixed the flaw three weeks ago through an update, but 1,500 apps are still vulnerable because they do not operate on the updated version of the code, according to the report.

The bug, according to the Ars Technica report, allows hackers to access HTTPs-encrypted data due to a logic error in the code that doesn't identify and shut down fraudulent secure sockets layer certificates.

SourceDNA has created a search tool for consumers to check if specific apps they use are vulnerable.

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