Apple released an emergency fix Monday for a vulnerability in the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.
Researchers at the University of Toronto’s
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To update your iPhone with iOS version 14.8, go to “Settings,” then “General,” and then “Software Update.” The process to update
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Apple Watch users should
We reached out to Apple to learn more about the spyware fix, but didn’t hear back immediately.
UPDATE: Sept. 13, 2021, 4:18 p.m. PDT Apple responded with an email statement from Ivan Krstić, head of Apple security engineering and architecture, in which he credited Citizen Lab for discovering the exploit used with iMessage. Because of its discovery, he wrote, “We could develop this fix quickly.”
He continued, “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. While that means they are not a threat to the overwhelming majority of our users, we continue to work tirelessly to defend all our customers, and we are constantly adding new protections for their devices and data.”