Importantly, iOS 14.8 did not pass the beta test version. Because this update is urgent because it brings security hole fixes.
The exploit is serious enough for Apple to fix it right away since the Cupertino tech giant was alerted last Tuesday by Canadian cybersecurity firm Citizen Lab, the New York Times reported.
In addition to iOS 14.8, Apple released iPadS 14.8, watchOS 7.6.2, and macOS Big Sur 11.6, which are recommended for users to download and install immediately. Apple states that the next iOS 15 software update will feature a similar spyware barrier.
Update iOS 14.8 Foto: Phonearena
As known Spyware Pegasus and can infect iPhone devices without the owner’s knowledge. After infecting the iPhone, Pegasus can control the camera and microphone and activate both. It can also record messages, texts, emails, and calls and send them to NSO clients in governments around the world. Even encrypted messages sent via apps like Signal are not protected when Pegasus infects phones.
One of the researchers who helped find the spyware, John Scott-Railton, Senior Researcher from Citizen Lab, said, “This spyware can do everything an iPhone user can do on their device and more.”
And because of its zero-click capability, users won’t receive the usual signs that their phone is infected, such as suspicious links sent via text or email. As such, iPhone owners may not or even be late discovering that their device has been infested with spyware.
The NSO Group admits to selling spyware only to governments that meet human rights standards. But in reality, over the past six years, the Pegasus spyware has appeared on the phones of activists, lawyers, opposition, doctors, children, and nutritionists in countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and others. Last month the Washington Post disclosed the results of an investigation by the NSO Group that the cellphones of 37 journalists and human rights activists were infected.
That’s why Apple said that this update is recommended to be installed immediately by all users. To download iOS 14.8 you just need to do the following steps:
- Open Settings
- Select General
- Press Software Update
- Once available click Download and Install
- Follow the process until the installation is complete
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