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The hack, the first reported, allowed them to tap personal information the phones contain. Although Apple built considerable security measures into its device, Charles Miller, the principal security analyst for the firm, told The New York Times.
"Once you did manage to find a hole, you were in complete control," he said.
The firm, based in Baltimore, alerted Apple about the vulnerability this week and recommended a software patch that could solve the problem. A spokeswoman for Apple, Lynn Fox, told The New York Times that "Apple takes security very seriously and has a great track record of addressing potential vulnerabilities before they can affect users. Weâ€™re looking into the report submitted by I.S.E. and always welcome feedback on how to improve our security."
There is no evidence that this flaw had been exploited or that users had been affected.