Cyber Security Threat Targeting “High-Value” iOS Users Discovered

iOS users are urged to update to the latest version of the operating system immediately. | September 2, 2016

Apple has issued a security update for its iOS after researchers discovered three critical zero-day vulnerabilities used in combination to spy on iPhone users. The vulnerabilities, dubbed Trident, were discovered by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and mobile security firm Lookout.

When exploited, the three vulnerabilities form an attack chain that subverts even Apple’s strong security, enabling attackers to spy on victims by collecting information from apps including Gmail, Calendar, Facebook, FaceTime, Skype, and others .

The Pegasus attack starts with a text (SMS) phishing attack using spoofed sender numbers and anonymised domains to deliver malware to the target’s iPhone.

This is the first active mobile threat that takes complete control of an Apple device with just one-click, the researchers said.

If you are unsure what version of iOs you are running, go to Settings > General > About > Version. 

You can learn more about this threat here. You can also visit PURE's CyberSafe Knowledge Center to learn additional ways that both you and PURE can protect your family against cyber threats.