iPhone Spyware Find Prompts Apple Fix

RanuP on Friday August 26, 2016 at 09:50:17 AM

iPhone Spyware Find Prompts Apple Fix

Apple has issued a fix for vulnerabilities located in iPhone and iPad devices after reports of a major security flaw surfaced.

(CCM) — Apple has released an automatic update for its iPhone 6 and iPad devices to fix a major security flaw. It was originally reported by United Arab Emirate-based activist, Ahmed Manor, who received an anonymous text message threatening to reveal inside information about torture in the country’s prisons. Mansoor initially reported the issue to internet watchdog Citizen Lab, which then brought to Apple its concerns about "serious piece of spyware." Within a few days, the tech giant released the iOS 9.3.5 security update for iPhone and iPad in order to remedy the flaw.

Reuters reports that a remote server, which costs as much as $1 million, was used to exploit the smartphone, marking the first time that this has ever happened to an iPhone 6. And, according to Citizen Lab’s report on the issue, the consequences would have been grave if it had not been stopped. "Once infected, Mansoor’s phone would have become a digital spy in his pocket, capable of employing his iPhone’s camera and microphone to snoop on activity in the vicinity of the device,” noted the lab. The device would have also allowed remote server hacking, which would have given the intruder the ability to listen in on Viber and WhatsApp calls as well as track the movements of the device.

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