Apple says iOS 10.3 fixes flaw that caused phones to repeatedly call 911
Although the teen was eventually arrested and charged with computer tampering, it’s taken Apple several months to finally address the issue. According to Apple, iOS 10.3 includes a simple fix to the problem. The source of the issue, they say, was a feature that allowed users to click on a phone number and immediately initiate a call. After the update, users will now have to press a second confirmation before initiating a call. Cybersecurity experts had already explained how dangerous the vulnerability could be over a month ago, saying that individuals or groups could use it to “damage or disable 911 systems during an attack.”
iOS 10.3 came out earlier this week, adding security improvements, improved app transition animation speed, weather in Maps, a detailed Apple ID profile section, and a new file system that uses Apple File System (APFS) instead of HFS+. This file system supports tougher encryption and means files can be accessed more quickly.