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Spyware flaw in Apple devices prompts emergency security updates from company

All Apple users were urged to immediately update their devices after the discovery of a flaw used to plant surveillance software.

Apple released an emergency security update on September 13 after researchers uncovered a vulnerability in iMessage last week that allowed Pegasus to infect iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Macs, the New York Times has reported. Israel-based NSO Group was exploiting the flaw to install Pegasus on Apple devices in a 'zero-click attack', which doesn't even require a single click from the targetted user, the report revealed. Researchers at The Citizen Lab, University of Toronto, first spotted this vulnerability on September 7 through a Saudi activist's iPhone, on which Pegasus had been installed on the a zero-click attack in February. The finding implies that more than 1.65 billion Apple products in use worldwide have been vulnerable to Pegasus spyware at least since March. Apple routinely markets iOS as the more secure alternative to other operating systems like Android. But the latest versions of iOS released as recently as May this year remained vulnerable to NSO's zero-click attack, according to Citizen Lab. The emergency update should stop Pegasus from infecting Apple devices in the future, but the vulnerability raises questions about the scale at which Pegasus spyware operates and the range of infected devices. Apple users urged to update devices immediately To fix the security flaw in Apple devices, the company has released iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8, alongside WatchOS 7.6.2, MacOS Big Sur 11.6, and a security update for MacOS Catalina. In the release notes for iOS and iPadOS, the company mentions, "Processing a maliciously crafted PDF may lead to arbitrary…

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