Pegasus spyware: Install this ‘urgent’ iPhone update

Apple has released a suite of new updates for iOS, macOS, and watchOS to fix a bug that made it vulnerable to Pegasus spyware attacks. Update now!

Apple issued emergency software updates for a critical vulnerability in its products on September 13 after security researchers uncovered a flaw that allows highly invasive ‘Pegasus’ spyware from Israel’s NSO Group to infect anyone’s iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Mac computer without so much as a click.

Given the severity of the exploit, you should updating these releases as soon as you can:

  • iOS 14.8
  • macOS Big Sur 11.6
  • watchOS 7.6.2

What can Pegasus spyware do
Pegasus spyware used a novel method to invisibly infect Apple devices without victims’ knowledge. Using the zero-click infection method, Pegasus can turn on a user’s camera and microphone, record messages, texts, emails, calls- even those sent via encrypted messaging and phone apps like Signal- and send them back to NSO’s clients at governments around the world.

What is zero-click remote infection
NSO’s zero-click capability means victims receive no prompt, or have no idea about the attack. This flaw enables full access to a victim’s digital life.
Experts explain zero-click infection saying “This spyware can do everything an iPhone user can do on their device and more.”

Which Apple devices need update
This update is for compatible iPhones, with iPadOS 14.7 which is simultaneously released for compatible iPads. Compatibility for the phones goes back to the iPhone 6s, including iPhone SE (both the first and current editions), plus the seventh-generation iPod touch.
For iPads, if you have any iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or more recent, iPad mini 4 or newer and iPad from fifth generation onwards then you’re good to go.

How to update
Simply go to the Settings app on the iPhone (or iPad) and choose General, then Software Update. Then it’s Download and finally, Install and you’re golden. This is a small update, and won’t take long to install.

All of this serves as a reminder about how important it is to keep all your devices up-to-date.

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