Apple patches iOS security flaws found in spyware targeting activist

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August 25, 2016
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"To spy on a human rights activist, hackers allegedly connected to a Middle Eastern government used three previously unknown vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS. The claims -- from research at Toronto-based Citizen Lab and mobile security firm Lookout -- focus on spyware that targeted Ahmed Mansoor, an activist in the United Arab Emirates. The exploits work by remotely jailbreaking the device to secretly download the spyware -- which can then access the iPhone's camera, microphone, and messages. Lookout called the attack the most sophisticated it's ever seen on a device. The researchers have already informed Apple about the exploits, and iOS version 9.3.5 -- which was released on Thursday -- fixes the issues." (08/25/16)  

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