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Published Thursday, July 7, 2011 12:35 AM by Talia James

Today, in a Reuters article, Websense Senior Security Research Manager Patrik Runald discusses how hackers have revealed a bug in Apple iOS software. The security flaw was discovered today when a popular jailbreaking site (www.jailbreakme.com) released code for Apple customers to modify their device’s operating system.

In the article, Runald warns that this code could be a major security downfall: cybercriminals could easily download the code, reverse engineer it to find a hole in iOS security and then quickly build malware in a matter of days. The creator of the jail-breaking code, Comex, agrees that the code would not be difficult to reverse engineer.

"If you are a malicious attacker, it is fairly doable.” –Patrik Runald, Senior Security Research Manager

Apple’s iOS software runs on the millions of iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches sold around the world – any security flaw to iOS holds the potential to create some major damage. Reuters quotes Runald warning that once the device is infected, hackers could do anything they want, including stealing passwords, documents and emails.

Reuters reports that Apple is currently developing a software update to circumvent any potential threats.

In the meantime, learn how to protect your organization from mobile security threats here.

Read a Websense Security Labs™ report on a past jailbreak-related security threat here.