At the beginning of years a FaceTime bug was discovered that allowed users to “spy” and recently, new security problems have been discovered in iOS, such as the failure that makes it easy to skip the Face ID or Touch ID authentication message in the Configuration when trying to access the passwords of the iCloud keychain. Now, AirDrop is the app that fails and exposes your phone number to third parties.
It has always been claimed that iOS is much safer than Android but, for a while now, the Network has been filled with failures and criticisms of iPhone security, not only because of the exposure of intimate photos through iCloud , but because of the amount of problems that Apple’s terminals have been presenting for quite some time.
Apple makes it simple, through iOS tools, to locate the lost iPhone, share the passwords of your Wi-Fi network and use AirDrop to send files to other nearby devices. However, ARS Technica, reveals how you can take advantage of these features to access a large amount of potentially sensitive data such as the phone number of users. AirDrop is the protagonist of this new bug in iPhone.
AiDrop presents a dangerous iPhone bug
Go ahead that is not an easy mistake to take advantage of but, as always, it is an iOS problem that can be exploited by cybercriminals to access data that should not be from your domain. This video exemplifies how you can get the phone number using the AirDrop failure.
The root of the failure of AirDrop on iPhone and other Apple devices that use this wireless technology is in a protocol problem that allows a criminal with the appropriate software to obtain the phone number of the device that shares the file through of this technology.
This as for the iPhone but, as AirDrop is also present in Apple computers, using the same process you could obtain the MAC address of a company computer, with the consequent security risk that this entails for the integrity of the equipment.
The main risk of this new iOS problem is enhanced when we use AirDrop in public places, such as a subway, a bar or a shopping center, where anyone with limited hardware and fair knowledge, could take advantage to access information of the iPhone with this option in use.