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A Google em­ployee has ex­posed a se­cu­rity flaw in IOS that lets some apps take se­cret pho­tos and videos of the owner. Felix Krause said hack­ers could use an IOS pri­vacy set­ting to take con­trol of apps that are al­lowed to use the de­vice’s cam­era. They could even run fa­cial-de­tec­tion tools to read the owner’s ex­pres­sion, and stream live on­line what is be­ing recorded.

The de­vice would give no in­di­ca­tion that it’s be­ing used, leav­ing its owner un­aware of any in­tru­sion.

Krause re­vealed the flaw in his blog ( www.snipca. com 26067), say­ing he has con­tacted Ap­ple about it. He said users could pro­tect them­selves by buy­ing a we­b­cam cover (such as th­ese on Ama­zon www.snipca.com/26068), or re­vok­ing apps’ ac­cess to the cam­era, though this would make it gen­er­ally harder to take pho­tos and videos.

Krause added that the re­search isn’t con­nected with his job at Google.

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