Beaware iPhone Users! 'Darcula' is sucking private files & data via iMessage in over 100 countries

Dracula has been created by hackers who are stealing data from iPhone users in over 100 countries using the Rich Communication Services (RCS) protocol.

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iPhone users in over 100 countries have been alerted that their private files and data may be getting leaked due to Dracula. Yes! you heard it right. Dracula has been created by hackers who are stealing data from iPhone users in over 100 countries. As per reports, Dracula is a high-tech Phishing-as-a-Service (PhaaS) tool that has been uncovered by researchers at Netcraft. As per Forbes, Dracula reaches out to its victims via the Rich Communication Services (RCS) protocol for Google Messages and iMessage, instead of the usual Short Message System (SMS). 


Netcraft’s Harry Everett was quoted by Forbes in which he revealed a warning to all iPhone users have been issued to be on the lookout for the iMessage threat. Harry also described Dracula in his own terms saying- 


"Dracula is a new, sophisticated Phishing-as-a-Service (PhaaS) platform used on more than 20,000 phishing domains that provide cyber criminals with easy access to branded phishing campaigns." The phishing domains in question relate to brands across numerous market sectors and target more than 100 countries. At least 200 templates exist for would-be attackers to use the Darcula exploit, with postal services, including the United States Postal Service, being among the most popular.


Notably, the hackers have moved to RCS for two major reasons- one being an improved sense of legitimacy of the messages so that it can affect more and more Apple phones and the second one is that RCS messages are end-to-end encrypted, making them impossible to intercept.