Most Apple products are known for having tight security measures in place. It’s part of why people love Apple devices — the system security and safeguarding makes them hard to compromise.
That doesn’t mean Apple products are impenetrable, though. While we hear more about security problems with PCs and Androids, there are issues that pop up with Apple products, too. They don’t occur as often but they still happen. These 11 Apple security updates you should install right now are proof.
Now, a vulnerability found in common Apple hardware is putting users at risk. The issue is caused by a vulnerability in a security chip and could give hackers an easy way to access your system.
How hackers are taking advantage of Mac devices
Remember that T2 chip that Apple started adding to its products a couple of years ago? It was supposed to help secure your device and data by encrypting your data storage, Touch ID and Activation Lock. Tap or click here for details on the T2 chip.
Well, it turns out the T2 chip wasn’t as infallible as developers thought. A recently released tool dubbed Checkra1n 0.11.0 allows people to exploit a vulnerability in the T2 security chip and gain access to your computer’s systems.
Checkra1n 0.11.0 works by essentially jailbreaking your Mac or MacBook. This, in turn, opens your device up to a host of new threats. The tool could be used to install malware, disable security features, obtain FileVault encryption keys or even decrypt your data.
The issue isn’t limited to certain Macs or MacBooks, either. This tool can be used to exploit any Mac device that contains a T2 chip — including Macs built with the latest version of T2 chip. All it takes is a copy of Checkra1n 0.11.0, a USB-C cable and an unattended MacBook or Mac with a T2 chip inside to do it.
How to protect you Apple devices
This is a hardware-related issue, which means the vulnerability is unpatchable for now. Any device with a T2 chip inside it is at risk of being compromised and there’s not much you can do to stop it.
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