Apple became aware of an exploited zero-day security vulnerability Sept. 7 with the iPhone that could become an issue for millions of users.
Citizen Lab said the flaw is the first of its kind. Users don’t need to click on anything for their devices to be exploited.
The culprit of this security breach can be pointed in the direction of Israeli spyware company NSO Group. The group was able to infiltrate the phone of a Saudi activist.
If you’ve received a “maliciously crafted” PDF file via iMessage, it’s already too late says Apple.
Ivan Krstić, head of security engineering and architecture at Apple says this form of spyware costs millions of dollars to craft and targets specific individuals.
NSO group claims to sell spyware to governments to track criminals. However, this company has been found at the forefront of hacking cases involving activists, journalists and human rights defenders.
Apple has fixed the breach via their latest IOS 14.8 patch. If you haven’t done so already, they highly recommend installing it as there is no other way to protect yourself against this kind of spyware.