Apple wasn’t real subtle with their warning for iPhone users this week. They are urging everyone who owns one to update it immediately, as Apple updated their software for the phones to address vulnerability users may have to surveillance software.
The update Apple suggested would take care of a hole in the iMessage software that opened the door for hackers to get into a user’s phone without the phone owner clicking on any spyware links.
A Saudi Arabian activist blew the whistle on the hacking scheme, and Apple even gave a shout out to Citizen Lab, which is comprised of researchers from the University of Toronto. They have investigated the issue and said the spying has been going on since February.
Here’s what Ivan Krstic, the head of Apple Security Engineering and Architecture said in a statement.
“Attacks like the ones described are highly sophisticated, cost millions of dollars to develop, often have a short shelf life, and are used to target specific individuals.”
The good news according to Krstic is Apple quickly addressed the issue with a tweak to the software, which should prevent you from having spyware deployed on your phone without you knowing.