Ap­ple up­dates iPhone af­ter Mideast spy­ware dis­cov­ery

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - — As­so­ci­ated Press

A botched at­tempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab ac­tivist us­ing pre­vi­ously un­known es­pi­onage soft­ware has trig­gered a global up­grade of Ap­ple’s mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem, re­searchers said Thurs­day. The spy­ware took ad­van­tage of three pre­vi­ously undis­closed weak­nesses in Ap­ple’s mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem to take com­plete con­trol of iPhone devices, ac­cord­ing to re­ports pub­lished Thurs­day by the San Fran­cisco-based Look­out smart­phone se­cu­rity com­pany and in­ter­net watch­dog group Cit­i­zen Lab. Both re­ports fin­gered the NSO Group, an Is­raeli com­pany with a rep­u­ta­tion for fly­ing un­der the radar, as the au­thor of the spy­ware.

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