On Wednesday, Apple revealed that their iPhones, iPads and Macs have serious vulnerabilities which could give hackers complete control of these devices.
The explanation of the vulnerability given by Apple suggests that the attacker could obtain ‘full admin access’ to the device. This would allow them to impersonate the owner of the device and run any software without interference, according to Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security.
The affected devices include the iPhone6S and some later models, the 5th generation of the iPad, the iPad Pro models, the iPad Air 2, some iPod models, and Mac computers running MacOS Monterey. Security experts have advised users of these devices to update them.
Apple cited an anonymous researcher as the discoverer of the vulnerabilities.
Commercial spyware companies like Israel’s NSO Group are notorious for detecting and exploiting such flaws, siphoning their content, and watching their targets in real-time.
The U.S. Commerce Department already has NSO Group blacklisted. Its spyware has been used in Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East against human rights activists and journalists.
Will Strafach, security researcher, stated that he had not come across any technical evaluation of the patched vulnerabilities.
By Marvellous Iwendi.
Source: AP News