Urgent: Update your iOS device now

Latest update patches vulnerabilities that leave iPhones open to remote jailbreaking

You have an iOS-capable device? Make some time and update it, like now. The iOS 9.3.5 update is a crucial fix to protect iPhone users from dangerous exploits that allows attackers to target iPhones all over the world.

 

Personal data easily targetted

Mobile security provider Lookout, along with University of Toronto-based Citizen Lab, identified three iOS vulnerabilities targetted by a malware the researchers dubbed 'Pegasus'.

Pegasus is dangerous because, as Lookout and Citizen Lab highlighted in a blog post, its level of sophistication is in a class of its own.

"Pegasus is the most sophisticated attack we’ve seen on any endpoint because it takes advantage of how integrated mobile devices are in our lives and the combination of features only available on mobile—always connected (WiFi, 3G/4G), voice communications, camera, email, messaging, GPS, passwords, and contact lists," the researchers said.

The malware was created by a company based in the US, and was used to target a dissident based in the UAE - Ahmed Mansoor. With the malware, the attackers could remotely jailbreak his phone and access encrypted messages. It could be used to target any iPhone in the world; all it would take would be for an unsuspecting user to click a link sent in a text message.

If this is worrying, as it should be, then it's best not to delay updating. Simply go to Settings>General>Software Update and the update should be ready for you to download.

[Source: ArsTechnica]