Update your iPhone now or a new Wi-Fi bug could brick your phone

Looking for a good reason to update to the latest version of iOS? Over at Krebs on Security this week , Brian Krebs has reported that two security researchers have found a new way to automatically brick a stranger’s iPhone by forcing them to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot that can change the date without their knowledge. DON’T MISS:  The stupidest thing Sprint has done in a long, long time Before we go any further, it’s important that you understand the 1970 date change bug that swept through the internet earlier this year. Basically, if you manually set the date on an iPhone or iPad to January 1st, 1970, you’d brick it. Apple issued a fix for the bug in iOS 9.3.1 , but not everyone has updated their devices yet. Fortunately, millions of users are at least aware of the bug at this point, but what if a hacker could change the date without the user’s permission? That’s what security researchers Patrick Kelley and Matt Harrigan wanted to find out, so they built a hostile Wi-Fi network that would take advantage of the fact that iOS devices are constantly checking network time protocol (NTP) servers to sync up the time and forced the

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