All owners of an iPhone should update their latest mobile operating system (iOS), because Apple identified an active malware that can breach personal data and communications.
Apple released the security update after it discovered that texts, emails and calls could be accessible to hackers, CNET reports. The camera, the microphone, GPS and third-party apps like WhatsApp and Viber, are also endangered because of the malware.
Cybersecurity firm Lookout refers to the invasive threat as “Trident,” because it exploits “three critical iOS zero-day vulnerabilities that…form an attack chain that subverts even Apple’s strong security environment.”
The spyware is a product created by an Israel-based company called NSO group, according to the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab. Citizen Lab and Lookout discovered the malware product after Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights defender from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), received standard text messages on his iPhone that offered “new secrets” about prisoners being tortured in UAE jails.
Mansoor sent Citizen Lab the original messages that included all of the malicious and infected links.
Citizen Lab and Lookout contacted Apple so the tech giant could respond accordingly.
Here are the following steps to update the iPhone to the appropriate 9.3.5 iOS level:
Go to the “Settings” application, click on “General,” then select “Software Update.” The mobile device will automatically bring up the latest update. Users should press “Download and Install” and agree to the “Terms and Conditions” for the update to take effect.
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