Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates To Close Spyware Flaw
Apple is issuing a new warning surrounding a security update for its devices.
Hackers have infected iPhones and other devices, so Apple is releasing an important software patch to fix the security issue.
They stated that users should go through the process of updating the software on their devices.
This can be done by going into the phone’s settings menu, tapping on ‘General,’ followed by ‘Software Update.’ This will trigger the patch to quickly update the device.
Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said the security issue was exploited to plant the spyware on a Saudi activist’s iPhone. The lab warned that this exploit could allow hackers to infect other Apple devices.
This was the first time a so-called zero-click exploit happened, meaning that it didn’t require users to click on suspicious links or open infected filed to have been caught and analyzed. They found the malicious code on September 7 and contacted Apple immediately.
Although security experts say that average iPhone, iPad and Mac user generally need not worry — such attacks tend to be limited to specific targets — the discovery still alarmed security professionals.