This emergency update is still related to the spyware developed by the NSO group from Israel.
Download the Emergency Update
On Monday, Apple advised its users to download and install the emergency update after researchers warned that the NSO Group developed a method that can control Apple computers.
This is a terrifying discovery. The spyware could take control of any Apple device by simply sending an iMessage. Once received, the app can get through your device through a flaw, which is a zero-click exploit.
It’s a dangerous flaw that doesn’t need users clicking a link or downloading a file just to take control of the device.
The most disturbing thing is that you won’t realize that your device has been hacked. There are no signs. You won’t see a thing.
The spyware can track your text or the emails you sent. it can also monitor the calls you made. It can even switch on your camera without your input.
And you won’t know it.
Even if you are using an encrypted app, like Telegram or WhatsApp, it can still gather data. After accumulating data, it can pass it to its clients.
The new exploit may be dangerous. However, not all iPhone users are a target of this spyware. However, if you work for the government, you’re likely to be a victim of this spyware.
NSO Group develops hacking software given to governments to spy on their citizens. The company insisted the software, Pegasus, is a vital tool that has stopped terrorism and criminal activities.
It also stated that it only leases the app to a legitimate government. Pegasus can’t be used to target American’s phones. The company said that it has revoked usage from nations that were proven to misuse the app.
Pegasus Used in Journalists
However, Citizen Lab found instances of the said spyware being used against journalists in Mexico who are investigating Saudi Arabian agitators and cartels.
Despite how the spyware is used to exploit some individuals, the NSO Group vouched to continue providing the app to law enforcement agencies worldwide to help in fighting terrorism and crime.
Indeed, Pegasus isn’t designed to monitor a large group of people. However, governments could use it to target individuals who aren’t violent criminals.
When Apple released the new software update, it didn’t publish technical notes about the update. But the company did thank Citizen Lab for alerting the iPhone maker to the flaw.
This type of attack is highly sophisticated. Making it can cost millions of dollars, even though it has a short shelf life.
Updating your iDevice to the latest software can keep it from being newly infected with this exploit.
Apple tweaked the code for its iOS in the past quietly. It did so to ensure that the hacks will be difficult to pull off.
If you see an iOS 14.8 update on your iPhone or iPad, you should consider downloading and installing it. The security update will prevent your device from being infected with the exploit. Unfortunately, NSO Group will continue to find ways to infect people’s iDevices.