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NSO Zero-Day Flaw on Apple Devices.

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Apple has released security updates for a zero-day vulnerability that affects every iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch.

iOS 14.8 for iPhone and iPads, as well as watchOS 7.6.2 and new updates for Mac OS release on Monday 13th September 2021

We urge users to update their devices immediately.

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What happened?

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A cyber surveillance company based in Israel developed a tool to break into Apple OS Devices with a never-before-seen technique. This unique technique requires no user interaction and affects all versions of Apple’s iOS, OSX and watchOS.

Citizen Lab discovered new artifacts of the Forced-entry vulnerability whilst continuing their investigation into the silent hacking of a Bahraini human rights activist earlier this year. The users iPhone was hacked by a zero-click attack which installed a powerful spyware known as Pegasus. Pegasus, developed by the Israeli cyber-arms firm “NSO Group”, is an advanced spyware which is capable of reading text messages, tracking calls, collecting passwords, location tracking, harvesting information from apps, accessing the targets microphone and camera.

“After identifying the vulnerability used by this exploit for iMessage, Apple rapidly developed and deployed a fix in iOS 14.8 to protect our users. We’d like to commend Citizen Lab for successfully completing the very difficult work of obtaining a sample of this exploit so we could develop this fix quickly. Attacks like the ones described are highly sophisticated, cost millions of dollars to develop, often have a short shelf life, and are used to target specific individuals. While that means they are not a threat to the overwhelming majority of users, we continue to work tirelessly to defend all our customers, and we are constantly adding new protections for their devices and data.” – Ivan Krstić – Head of Apple Security Engineering and Architecture.

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What you need to do

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If your Mac computers are remotely managed and monitored by M-Piric, our team will be in contact with you shortly and will be organising these updates for you.

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Please let us know if you have any questions.

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Ben Pedley

MSP Service Manager