Apple has released an emergency update on a global scale following one of the most sophisticated hacking attempts ever seen. The alarm was raised by an Arab human rights activist, who found himself having to manage the impossibility of using his iPhone, literally paralyzed by software (…)
Apple has released an emergency update on a global scale following one of the most sophisticated hacking attempts ever seen. The alarm was launched by an Arab human rights activist, who found himself having to manage the impossibility of using his iPhone, literally paralyzed by an unknown espionage software. Three iOS flaws emerged, and Apple spokesmen said that As soon as we learned about the vulnerability, we launched a repair update. We suggest our users to hurry up and download the latest version of iOS to protect themselves against potential security attacks.Lookout, a San Francisco-based smartphone security company, raises suspicions about the Israeli NSO group. Mike Murray, a researcher at Lookout, said that the author of the threat was never captured, and it was the most sophisticated spyware ever seen before. The report compiled by Lookout and Citizen Lab emphasized how easy it would be with Pegasus, this the nime of spyware, compromising an iPhone, spyware was activated with a click, a trick so widespread in the world of cyber espionage to be induced in November last year to offer a million dollar reward to anyone who was able to develop a program capable of neutralizing it. Such a device guarantees hackers complete control over the device, and allows them to eavesdrop on conversations, collect messages, activate cameras and microphones and download all types of personal data.
The vulnerability was solved by Apple in a lightning-fast way, but the solution to this flaw, a potentially disastrous outcome, is due to Ahmed Mansoor, a humanitarian activist from the United Arab Emirates, author of the definitive patch: patch equaled to defuse a bomb. short seven-point guide to try to make your iPhone safer from spyware to hackers
1) Use a PIN or a fingerprint combination, because locking the screen prevents intrusions.2) Use a long password with capital letters, symbols and numbers. In the settings menu you can deselect the Simple password item.3) Self-destruction: you can ask your phone to delete all data when you fear a spyware threat. In the Settings menu you can click on Clear data and clean your device.4) Privacy Settings: from the menu click on Privacy ”, from here it will be possible to manage the applications and activate or deactivate them.5) Turn off notifications: handy to see a notification screen, but when there are apps, they also share our personal data, some of them may be at risk. Remember that there are apps that share the messages you receive, what you have on the calendar and much more.6) Disable Siri: because even if the phone is in block mode a data leak may occur. Go to Settings, then TouchID and passcode and then select to allow access when in block to disable Siri.7) Enter the various user and password manually: in particular if it concerns data related to accounts linked to the credit card. To deactivate go to Settings, then general settings and deselect Password and Autofill