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First-ever Apple iOS trojan found to steal users’ facial data & create AI deepfakes

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The digital world is abuzz with news of the first-ever iOS trojan. This groundbreaking discovery has sent shockwaves through the tech community, as it marks a significant shift in the landscape of cybersecurity.


Dubbed ‘GoldPickaxe’, this trojan is not just another malware. It’s specifically designed to steal facial recognition data from users. Initially discovered targeting users in Thailand and possibly Vietnam, it represents a new level of sophistication in cyber threats.


The trojan, an offshoot of the Android trojan GoldDigger, has been modified with new capabilities that make it easier for this malware to drain victims’ bank accounts. Once installed on either an iPhone or an Android phone, GoldPickaxe can collect facial recognition data, identity documents, and intercepted text messages, all to make it easier to siphon off funds from banking and other financial apps.


What sets GoldPickaxe apart is its ability to use the stolen biometric data to create AI deepfakes. These deepfakes can impersonate victims and access their bank accounts, a new fraud technique previously unseen.


The discovery of this iOS trojan raises serious questions about the security of our devices and the data we entrust to them. As the line between physical and digital identities continues to blur, how prepared are we to face these evolving threats?


What are your thoughts on this development? Do you think this discovery will change the way we perceive security in the digital world? Share your views in the comments below.



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