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Apple's Security Issue - What You Need to Know

02/24/14

Apple recently revealed a security breach affecting iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches. While a patch has been released to fix the holes in these devices, a fix is not yet available for the OS X software that operates Apple computers. For any BC-owned Macs, ITS is monitoring this situation and further information will be sent, if needed.

The security hole potentially enables hackers to intercept user names and passwords for various accounts, opening people up to further accounts being hacked and possibly causing financial damage. It's more likely to happen when using an open wi-fi network rather than a secured one.

What you should do:

  • Install the fix on your device. If you are tapped in to an insecure network, log off first.
  • If you use an Apple computer, don't use it on a insecure, public network until the OS X fix is released.

BC ITS will post further information as it becomes available. Follow us on Facebook (Boston College ITS) and Twitter (@BostonCollegeIT) for the latest information.

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