Update to Facebook Messenger for iOS Prevents Scammers from Forcing iPhones to Place Calls

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By David Cohen 

AngryWomanPointingCellPhone650Facebook is rolling out an update to its Messenger application for iOS to protect users from a vulnerability in the operating system that allowed scammers to force users’ iPhones to automatically place expensive calls.

The iOS vulnerability was originally discovered by Andrei Neculaesei, a developer with Copenhagen, Denmark-based Airtame, who described the issue in a blog post, saying that scammers could exploit it via apps that do not provide pop-up warnings when phone calls are placed, which included Messenger, Apple’s FaceTime and Google’s Google Plus and Gmail.

A Facebook spokesperson informed TechRadar that the fix to Messenger for iOS would be released “any time now.”

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