Trust Wallet Warns of Potential iMessage Zero-Day Exploit Targeting iOS Users

Devendra Chande

Trust Wallet, a prominent crypto wallet provider, has issued an urgent warning to iOS users about a potential high-risk zero-day exploit targeting Apple’s iMessage application. The exploit, allegedly being sold on the dark web for $2 million, is claimed to be capable of infiltrating and taking control of iPhones without requiring users to click on a link.

Exploit Details and Skepticism

Trust Wallet’s CEO, Eowyn Chen, shared a screenshot of the supposed exploit being sold on the dark web, emphasizing the potential threat to high-value targets. However, the authenticity of the alleged zero-day exploit has been met with skepticism from several industry experts, who argue that the evidence provided by Trust Wallet is insufficient.

Despite the skepticism, Trust Wallet’s post on X garnered significant attention, with more than 1.2 million users viewing the alert within the first four hours of its posting. The company later revealed that its intel was sourced from its “security team and partners” who constantly check for threats.

Recent iOS Zero-Day Vulnerabilities

This alleged zero-day exploit threat comes on the heels of Apple releasing emergency security updates last month to fix two iOS zero-day vulnerabilities that were actively exploited in attacks on iPhones. The vulnerabilities, tracked as CVE-2024-23225 and CVE-2024-23296, were found in the iOS Kernel and RTKit, respectively, allowing attackers with arbitrary kernel read and write capabilities to bypass kernel memory protections.

Apple addressed these security flaws for devices running iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, iOS 16.76, and iPad 16.7.6 with improved input validation. The company acknowledged that it was “aware of a report that this issue may have been exploited”.

iMessage as an Attack Vector

According to security researchers at Kaspersky, Apple’s iMessage application has been used as an attack vector for hackers in previous events. In September 2023, Citizen Lab uncovered a zero-click iOS vulnerability that enabled the notorious Pegasus spyware to infiltrate iPhones through iMessage attachments containing malicious images.

Importance of Cybersecurity Measures

As the crypto community grapples with the potential threat of this alleged zero-day exploit, it is crucial for users to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to protect their digital assets. “While the authenticity of the exploit remains in question, the importance of robust cybersecurity measures cannot be overstated in an increasingly digital world,” said a cybersecurity expert.

Users are advised to keep their devices updated with the latest security patches, enable two-factor authentication, and exercise caution when opening links or attachments from unknown sources. As the battle between cybercriminals and security experts continues, staying informed and proactive remains the best defense against potential threats.

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Devendra is a full-time writer at ConsideringaApple and he is fond of new things in the tech world. He loves to read novels and write poems. This adventure-seeking guy is a hodophile who has an aim to explore all the beautiful mountains, oceans, cultures, traditions, and foods this world has to offer. Since the release of the first iPhone, he believes in Jobs' vision and praises every Apple product.
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