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NEW YORK — Apple recently released details about a security flaw in its software that can easily be exploited by hackers.

Reuters reported that the flaw in Apple software for mobile devices could allow hackers to intercept email and other communications that are meant to be encrypted.

“It’s as bad as you could imagine, that’s all I can say,” said Johns Hopkins University cryptography professor Matthew Green.

The attackers could see or alter exchanges between the user and protected sites such as Facebook and Gmail if the attackers have permission to a mobile user’s network, such as sharing the same unsecured wireless service from a restaurant.

Apple urged consumers on Friday to download the update for iPhone 4 and later generations, 5th generation iPod Touches and iPad 2 and later models. There is still no security fix available for Mac computers.

Users are urged to update their devices immediately. A security fix is expected for Mac computers — until then, users should not use or access personal information over an unsecure, open wireless network.

Read full story: Reuters