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All iOS VPNs are worthless and Apple knows it, claims researcher

Added 08-17-22 08:11:02am EST - “A detailed new report says that a long-time bug in iOS prevents any VPN from fully encrypting all traffic ?" and also claims that Apple has known about it and chosen to do nothing since discovery in 2020” - Appleinsider.com

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A detailed new report says that a long-time bug in iOS prevents any VPN from fully encrypting all traffic — and also claims that Apple has known about it and chosen to do nothing since discovery in 2020

The vulnerability was first discovered by VPN firm ProtonVPN in March 2020. At the time, the company said that when a VPN is switched on, the OS should terminate all internet connections and automatically re-establish them via the VPN to prevent unencrypted data leakage.

In iOS 13.3.1 and later versions, devices connecting with a VPN didn't close and re-open connections. Consequently, it was possible that a user would unknowingly in part continue to use the insecure connection they had before turning on the VPN.

"Those at highest risk because of this security flaw are people in countries where surveillance and civil rights abuses are common," said the company at that time.

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