New research sent to Apple shows that there is a vulnerability in the iPhone and iPad, and it seems to be pretty serious. Andrea Peterson from the Washington Post has more information on this.
Spyware relying on three previously unknown, or “zero-day,” flaws in Apple’s iOS mobile operating system for years made it possible for governments to take over victims’ phones by tricking them into clicking on a link in a text message, according to new reports from Lookout, a cybersecurity firm that looks for security holes in mobile products, and Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.
“This is the most sophisticated bad actor we have ever seen targeting mobile phones out in the wild,” said Mike Murray, vice president of security research at Lookout.
Apple released a fix for the problems on Thursday. “We advise all of our customers to always download the latest version of iOS to protect themselves against potential security exploits,” the company said in a statement.
What can you do? Update your iPhones and iPads to iOS version 9.3.5. If you are using iOS 10 beta, update to the latest beta. Also pass this information along to family and friends.