iPhone Users, Beware!

hand-apple-iphone-smartphoneIf you are one of the hundreds of millions of iPhone users across the globe, you should consider installing the new update immediately. Security experts discovered a breach in Apple’s iOS system last week when a prominent human rights activist Ahmed Mansour received two suspicious text messages that offered tempting information in a link included in the message. Having been the target of cybercrime twice before, Monsour knew better than to click on the suspicious links without further verification. Instead, he forwarded the messages to a security research lab which began a thorough investigation. The researchers quickly discovered that these links were highly sophisticated and quite alarming. If executed correctly, the links would have downloaded advanced malware onto the user’s iPhone, skillfully bypassing all of Apple’s security measures. Once downloaded, the malware would have the capability to activate the iPhone’s microphone to record conversations and view you from your phone’s camera, as well as access phone records, text messages, calendar events, passwords, and other sensitive information. According to the security researchers, this attempted attack was something that no one had ever seen before. Apple said in a statement this week that it fixed the vulnerability immediately after learning about it. The fix was incorporated into a new iPhone update that was released yesterday. For all iPhone users that do not wish to be spied upon and would like to avoid being the target of a cyber-attack, it would be wise to download the new update, accessible in your iPhone’s settings app.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/aug/25/apple-ios-update-arab-activists-iphone-spyware