Apple has just released an emergency software update, and users have been urged to get it downloaded immediately.
This comes after security researchers discovered a flaw allowing invasive spyware to infect iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches or MacBook without even the need to click.
In a statement given to Reuters, Israeli technology firm NSO Group neither confirmed nor denied being behind the technique, stating that it would ‘continue to provide intelligence and law enforcement agencies around the world with life-saving technologies to fight terror and crime’.
Security experts at Apple have reportedly been working since Tuesday find a solution after researchers at the University of Toronto’s cybersecurity watchdog organization Citizen Lab, found that a Saudi activist’s iPhone had been infected using an advanced form of NSO spyware.
This vulnerability is reportedly particularly worrying, as it doesn’t require any user interaction. It’s also understood to affect all versions of Apple’s iOS, OSX, and watchOS, apart from those which have been updated as of Monday.
This tool, which was developed by the NSO Group, is capable of defeating security systems designed by Apple, which has since fixed the vulnerability.
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