The group constructed the device by examining Apple’s existing security before realizing how the USB capabilities can be leveraged to bypass these defence mechanisms, the independent reported.

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Once the charger called ‘Mactans,’ gets plugged in, it is able to install hidden malware onto iPhones and iPads, allowing for any number of exploits of users’ hardware and their data.

The researchers said that the device was built in limited amount of time and a small budget.