Experts at Wandera discovered that hackers can set up a bogus access point spoofing Apple Pay and fool users into provide their credit card data.
Experts at the mobile security company Wandera have reported a security flaw in Apple iOS that could be exploited to fool a user into provides his credit card data and personal information. An attacker can inject a fake “captive portal” page that imitates the legitimate Apple Pay interface by exploiting the default behavior of Apple iOS devices with Wi-Fi is enabled.
The researcher at Wandera exploited this behavior to fool a mobile device into connect the rogue access point and then presents a pop-up portal page that appears like the Apple Pay page used to submit credit card data.
An attacker nearby a customer that is making an Apple Pay transaction could launch an attack in an attempt to force the customer’s mobile device to connect to bogus hotspot. The hacker could choose as location the nearly of PoS system with an Apple Pay terminal.
The unique defect for the attack described is that the fake Apple Pay screen is displayed beneath a “Log In” title bar that could alarm the users.
“In high footfall locations, even a very small ratio of success will yield a large number of valuable credit card numbers,” said Eldar Tuvey, CEO of Wandera. “It’s all so easy for them. Using readily available technology, which they may be discretely carrying about their person, hackers can for the first time focus their efforts where their victims are at their most susceptible—at the checkout.”
In order to prevent such kind of attacks, it could be enough to turn Wi-Fi off when not deliberately connecting to a network.
Another thing to consider is that Apple Pay never asks users for credit card data to complete a transaction.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.