Apple Releases Critical Security Patch After Reports Of Spyware Infestation

Apple Releases Critical Security Patch After Reports Of Spyware Infestation

Apple is releasing a critical security patch for its iPhones. This is after reports that hackers could infest its devices without users knowing. First seen by researchers at the University of Toronto Citizen Lab. The infestation occurred on a Saudi activist phone.

The researchers informed Apple of the infestation on the 7th of September, about the “zero-click” hack. Also, this type of infestation doesn’t need users to click on any link or files.

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No group has taken responsibility for the attack, but the researchers believe it’s Israel’ NSO group. The group responded with it will continue to provide tools for fighting “terror and crime”.

According to NPR, the researchers have earlier found traces of zero-click efforts.  This is on the phones of al-Jazeera journalists and others. International NSO group have been notoriously known as the “hacker-for-hire” firm.

Initially, the spyware enters the journalist’s phone via Apple’s iMessage instant messaging application. After its entry, the NSO’S Pegasus spyware made theft and eavesdropping.

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Meanwhile, Apple through its support page says it is issuing a security update for iPad and iPhones. The security patch is coming in iO5 14.8 and iPad OS 14.8. The spyware was contained in a “maliciously crafted” PDF file that led to the hack.

Assuredly, the Security chief at Apple Ivan Krstić told iPhone users in a statement. He says that hacks like this “are not a threat to the overwhelming majority of our users.” Well to be accurately safe, head to your phone settings, search for Software updates and download the security patch.

 

 

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