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Apple closes security hole affecting iPhone and iPad

BOSTON (Reuters) – On Friday Apple issued a patch to address a major security flaw affecting the operating system of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

The flaw, which could be exploited to collect personal data, was discovered nine days ago when the site www.jailbreakme.com had published the code that allows Apple customers to unlock their device by modifying IOS, the system operating mobile developed by the group at the apple.

Some customers choose to unlock Apple’s (“jailbreak“) for their device to download and use applications that are not approved by Apple or to use an iPhone on the network of another operator.

The unlock code exploited a vulnerability in IOS, which had hitherto not been disclosed. But its publication could allow hackers to develop malicious software to collect personal data.

Apple has released a patch, its customers will be protected if they install the update on their devices.

This vulnerability could potentially affect the IOS affect millions of devices.

Apple sold 25 million iPad since its launch last year and 18 million iPhones during the first quarter of 2011 alone.

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