NEW YORK (Dagbladet): Since Tuesday last week, Apple has been working hard to close the security hole, which put iPhones, iPads, Apple watches and Macs in danger without the owner of the product clicking on anything.
Researchers associated with the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto first discovered that a Saudi activist’s iPhone had been infected with NSO spyware.
The program is called Pegasus and can break into computers without the victim being aware of it. Pegasus can then be used to access cameras, microphones, audio recordings, text messages, emails – even messages sent with encrypted systems such as Signal. Information can then be sent back to NSO’s clients, which include several authorities around the world.
“This spyware can do everything an iPhone user can do on their phone and more,” Citizen Lab senior researcher John Scott-Railton told the New York Times.
1.65 billion Apple products have been vulnerable to this form of hacking at least since March, and signal a serious escalation of the arms race in cyber security, the newspaper writes.
The new thing about this spy software is that the victim does not become aware that the espionage is taking place.
On Monday, Apple released a security update to close the security hole. The company’s head of security, Ivan Krstic´, encourages consumers to install the latest updates.