DALLAS and DUBLIN – May 28, 2015 – A new form of messaging threat affecting iOS users is being blocked by AdaptiveMobile’s award-winning Network Protection Platform for mobile operators. The mobile security company has been actively monitoring the issue since news broke yesterday morning and has detected and blocked more than one million malicious messages over the past 24 hours within their North American customer base.

In response to the vulnerabilities, AdaptiveMobile has taken steps to implement proactive blocking to protect subscribers. “We’ve been monitoring our customer networks and so far we’ve detected and blocked hundreds of thousands of people who have attempted to send their contacts these messages, with some people attempting to send the same message hundreds of times” said Cathal Mc Daid, Head of Data Intelligence and Analytics, AdaptiveMobile. “We expect these volumes to rise while this, now public, vulnerability continues to exist in the iPhone operating system”. 

Discovered by users on social media sites early on May 27th, the bug immediately crashes an iPhone, iPad, or iPod upon opening the message. The message threat comes as a specific string of characters that can be sent via iMessage or text message.

While social media seems to be driving the majority of the attacks, one security concern is that hackers can leverage this issue to execute immediate denial of service attacks, and that any business with a heavy reliance on iOS could be targeted and blocked from their own devices within a matter of seconds. By analysing billions of messages in real-time every day from across 75 mobile operators globally, AdaptiveMobile was able to detect the threat and protect their customers within a matter of hours.

More information on this new iOS bug is available on the AdaptiveMobile blog [url=http://www.adaptivemobile.com/blog/attack-on-the-iphones]http://www.adaptivemobile.com/blog/attack-on-the-iphones[/url]

About AdaptiveMobile

AdaptiveMobile is the world leader in mobile security protecting over one billion subscribers worldwide and the only mobile security company offering products designed to protect all services on both fixed and mobile networks through in-network and cloud solutions. With deep expertise and a unique focus on network-to-handset security, AdaptiveMobile’s award winning security solutions provide its customers with advanced threat detection and actionable intelligence, combined with the most comprehensive mobile security products available on the market today. AdaptiveMobile’s sophisticated, revenue-generating security-as-a-service portfolio empowers consumers and enterprises alike to take greater control of their own security.

AdaptiveMobile was founded in 2004 and boasts some of the world’s largest mobile operators as customers and the leading security and telecom equipment vendors as partners. The company is headquartered in Dublin with offices in the North America, Europe, South Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

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