Apple has released an emergency security update for iOS devices to resolve three zero-day vulnerabilities leveraged in targeted attacks against human rights activists, journalists, and other persons of interest.
Named Trident, the vulnerabilities were exploited by a piece of high-end surveillance software dubbed Pegasus, which researchers classify as “the most sophisticated attack seen on any endpoint.” The spyware is modular, highly customizable, and uses strong encryption to avoid being detected. The software is sold by NSO Group Technologies Ltd, a Herzelia, Israel-based company that has been founded in 2010.
More importantly, it takes advantage of how integrated mobile devices are in people’s lives, while also being capable of leveraging “the combination of features only available on mobile — always connected (WiFi, 3G/4G), voice communications, camera, email, messaging, GPS, passwords, and contact lists,” mobile security firm Lookout explains.
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