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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw


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Apples security team has been working around the clock to develop a fix since Tuesday.

Credit: Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

Apple has released emergency security patches after researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab in Canada found a flaw that allows spyware from Israel's NSO Group to infect any Apple product.

The researchers discovered a Saudi activist's iPhone had been hacked with NSO's Pegasus spyware using a zero-click remote exploit that can infect targets without their awareness, commandeer device functions, and transmit information to NSO clients.

More than 1.65 billion Apple products in use globally have been susceptible to the spyware since at least March.

Apple said it intends to launch new security defenses for its iMessage texting application in its next iOS 15 software update, expected later this year.

From The New York Times
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