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Big security flaw that could cost you a fortune found in iPhone

23
Aug
2014

Remember that big security flaw in Android that could allow nefarious sites to trigger phone calls to premium-rate phone numbers, potentially costing you huge amounts of money before you even realize something is wrong? Well, it turns out that a similar flaw exists in iOS, and iPhone users are at risk as well. Andrei Neculaesei, a developer at Copenhagen-based wireless streaming company Airtame, has discovered that many popular iOS applications include functionality that could be exploited to trigger premium-rate calls on any iPhone. “When a user taps a telephone link in a webpage, iOS displays an alert asking if the user really wants to dial the phone number and initiates dialing if the user accepts,” Neculaesei wrote in a post on his blog.

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