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Hackers could enslave iPad, iPhone, reports security firm

A woman waits in line to buy an Apple iPad at an Apple reseller retail shop during the launch of the devise in Hong Kong on Friday, July 23, 2010.

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A newly discovered vulnerability in the software that runs Apple Inc.'s iPad and iPhone could allow hackers to remotely enslave the popular mobile devices, a security firm warned on Tuesday.

The flaw, which affects Apple's iOS that also runs the iPod touch, could allow hackers "to take complete control of a vulnerable device," French security firm Vupen reported on its website.

Company spokeswoman Natalie Harrison said the company was aware of the report.

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"We're investigating," she said.

The vulnerability in iOS is the latest in a series of security bugs identified in mobile devices over the past week. Security experts at a hacking conference last week pointed out several vulnerabilities in Google Inc's operating system for mobile phones and tablet PCs.

Vupen said attackers would need to trick a user into visiting a malicious website planted with a tainted PDF document before infecting an iPad tablet of iPhone smart phone.

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