By Nicole Lyn Pesce
Bad apples have given iPhone, Mac and iPad users more reasons to worry.
Apple /zigman2/quotes/202934861/composite AAPL +1.89% shared two security reports this week warning about serious vulnerabilities in some of its devices, which could allow attackers to take complete control of iPhones, iPads and Macs.
Users were advised to update the affected devices, which include: the iPhone 6S and later models; 5th generation iPads and several later models, as well as all iPad Pro models and the iPad Air 2; Mac computers running MacOS Monterey; and some iPod models. The vulnerability also extends to Apple’s Safari browser on its Big Sur and Catalina operating systems, the company added in another update. Get all of the latest software updates for your Apple devices here.
By Friday morning, however, several specific vulnerabilities targeting Mac operating software were trending among real-time Google searches, including a hole in Zoom’s /zigman2/quotes/211319643/composite ZM +2.17% security, as well as fraudulent Coinbase job postings.
The Zoom exploit was flagged by Patrick Wardle from the nonprofit Objective-See, which creates open-source macOS security tools. Wardle shared his findings at last week’s DefCon hacking and security conference. He was able to exploit Zoom’s automatic updater to gain access to someone’s Mac. So Zoom released an update in response — update 5.11.5 (9880) — but some testers were still able to bypass it. So Zoom released a second patch — update 5.11.6 (9098) — which is now available.
Zoom shared on its security updates page that users can keep themselves secure by applying the current updates, or downloading the latest Zoom software with all current security updates from zoom.us/download .
Some Apple users were also reportedly targeted by Lazarus, the North Korean state-sponsored hacking group, which hit Apple and Intel /zigman2/quotes/203649727/composite INTC +1.45% -based systems with macOS malware disguised as fake IT job offers from the cryptocurrency platform Coinbase /zigman2/quotes/225893452/composite COIN +6.22% .
The cyberespionage campaign reaches out to blockchain developers over LinkedIn and other platforms with a phony job offer, TechRadar reported . Then, after a few rounds of “interviews,” the attacker sends the victim what appears to be a PDF with the job details — but it’s actually malware.
The security researchers at ESET Research Labs flagged the malware on Twitter this week. They warned that it drops three files: the bundle FinderFontsUpdater.app, the downloader safarifontagent, and a decoy PDF called Coinbase_online_careers_2022_07.pdf.
Coinbase has tips on avoiding cryptocurrency scams here , such as never giving anyone remote access to your device, and only contacting Coinbase using the phone number listed on help.coinbase.com/ or over email on help.coinbase.com/contact-us .
The U.S. government sanctioned Lazarus Group and two other “North Korean state-sponsored malicious cyber groups” in 2019, noting that Lazarus targets government, military, financial, media and publishing institutions. Lazarus was involved in the worldwide WannaCry 2.0 ransomware attack in 2017, which caused billions of dollars in damage across more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations.