AirDrop exploit can be used to steal your phone number and email address
An AirDrop vulnerability allows hackers to steal a user’s phone number and email address
As we told you at the time, the best way to prevent this was to change your settings to make your phone discoverable to “Contacts only” from “Everyone.” Unless you have some pervs in your contacts list, this move should save you from receiving unwanted sexual images via AirDrop. And no, cyber-flashing is not what Apple designed Air Drop for.;
While the researchers developed a solution called “PrivateDrop” that replaces the use of hashed data with a more secure encryption technique, users can avoid giving up their phone number and email address by setting AirDrop to “Receiving off” on their device while keeping the share sheet closed. There are over 1.5 billion Apple devices that can be hit with this attack and the researchers informed Apple about the vulnerability in May 2019. Thus far, Apple has failed to acknowledge the problem and it has yet to state that it is working on a solution.