Apple Releases Emergency Security Updates for Its Operating Systems

By Paul Riegler on 13 September 2021
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Apple issued emergency software patches for its line of operating systems on Monday after researchers uncovered a security flaw that could allow hackers to secretly install invasive spyware on Macs, iPhones, Apple Watches, or iPads  without so much as a click by the user.

The spyware, created by Israel’s NGO Group, a hacker-for-hire company, is capable of eavesdropping or stealing data from any of these devices once installed.

The move came after researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said that the iPhone of a Saudi activist had been infected with the Pegasus software.

Apple issued the software updates on Monday without mentioning Pegasus or NGO Group.  The company said it acted quickly to protect its users.

The Cupertino, California-based company’s head of security engineering, Ivan Krstić, credited Citizen Lab for finding the exploit and urged Apple customers to install the appropriate software updates, which include iOS 4.8, MacOS 11.6, and WatchOS 7.6.2.

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