Apple has suddenly come across a backlash where the Tech giant found that there is a dangerous security flaw in iPhones and iPads which came under notice after a prominent UAE Human Rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor’s iPhone was attacked with a known method of hacking.
Ahmed Mansoor received a text message on his iPhone that requested him to click on a link; which instead of clicking, he forwarded to the researchers at the University of Toronto’s citizen lab. The hacking attempt – which was previously unknown – can take over a fully updated iPhone 6 and turn it into a digital spy.
The Security Hack, Exploits Three Imperfections Apple Didn’t Know About
Specialists at the Citizen Lab worked with security organization Lookout and discovered that the link that Mansoor had received via text, could’ve introduced a system that would’ve exploited three imperfections that Apple and others didn’t know about. The analysts revealed their discoveries on Thursday.
Upon being notified, Apple Inc. had issued an immediate and urgent update that will be known as iOS 9.3.5, for iPhones and iPads, to take care of the security issue.
Infected iPhone Would Become A Digital Spy
The Citizen Lab experts’ statement on Thursday, further revealed that, “Once infected, Mansoor’s phone would have become a digital spy in his pocket, capable of employing his iPhone’s camera and microphone to snoop on activity in the vicinity of the device, recording his WhatsApp and Viber calls, logging messages sent in mobile chat apps, and tracking his movements.” Also, the experts added, that they alerted the Apple about this possible security hack a week ago, and the company has developed a fix and distributed it as an automatic update to all the iPhone 6 users.
According to Apple Spokesperson, Fred Saiz, the company confirms that there had been a couple of imperfections that might’ve exploited the security system of an iPhone, which is now fixed after being notified by the researchers at the Citizen Lab.
The researchers at the Citizen Lab, also confirmed that the hacking attempt is a software, created by NSO Group, an Israeli company that makes such software for the governments, so they can target mobile phones and gather confidential information. Also, such tools can cost as much as $1 million, to Apple Inc.