iPhone Users Need To Update iOS Immediately To Protect From Hackers

2016-08-26 02:23:43Z
Harriet Armstrong
Harriet Armstrong

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iPhone and iPad users are being urged to update their iOS to protect against a security flaw.

Apple has issued a global iOS update after being made aware of a piece of malware that could give hackers access to your phone or tablet.

We were made aware of this vulnerability and immediately fixed it with iOS 9.3.5. We advise all of our customers to always download the latest version of iOS to protect themselves against potential security exploits,” a spokesman told AP.

The hack basically initiated a remote jailbreak, with a link sent via text message that could give attackers control of a user’s iPhone.

We realised that we were looking at something that no one had ever seen in the wild before,” Lookout vice president of research Mike Murray told Motherboard.

Literally a click on a link to jailbreak an iPhone in one step. [It is] one of the most sophisticated pieces of cyberespionage software we’ve ever seen.

The malware was codenamed Pegasus and could give hackers access to all of your information.

It basically steals all the information on your phone, it intercepts every call, it intercepts every text message, it steals all the emails, the contacts, the FaceTime calls,” Mr Murray said.

It also basically backdoors every communications mechanism you have on the phone. It steals all the information in the Gmail app, all the Facebook messages, all the Facebook information, your Facebook contacts, everything from Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Telegram — you name it.

To update your iOS go to Settings>General>Software Update.

Image credit: Apple 

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