iOS 1970 Bug Back Again
For you sentimental folks out there, there has been a return to the tech world, the iOS 1970 bug is back.
What this bug essentially does is render your iPhone or iPad useless.
The bug allows someone to remotely access your device by supplying a WiFi network. On this network, they run a rogue NTP (Network Time Protocol) server. Connecting to this NTP server results in misinforming your iOS device – that the time is December 31 1969 23:59:00. After twenty minutes when it is January 1 1970, the device fails causing the battery to catch fire.
Apple has created a fix in their iOS version 9.3.1. If you have a prior version you might want to consider updating your OS especially if you are connecting to free WiFi spots. Remember, this applies to both iPhones AND iPads.
If you do not wish to run the upgraded OS version then it is recommended that you set your device to “do not automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks”. This way you can choose and manually connect to trusted WiFi networks.
During this exploit, there is a possibility of the battery reaching very high temperatures and likely catching fire.
Be aware that one of the ways they dupe you into connecting to their system is to present you with an option to connect to Linksys.
Thanks to Patrick Kelley from PacketSled and Matt Harrigan from Critical Assets, 2 security researchers for shedding light on this exploit.