iOS 9.3.5 update by Apple on Thursday included a very important security update. There was a security flaw which could allow anyone to spy on your iOS device. Calls, text messages, audios, videos, passwords and even your location could be tracked with the dangerous security issue. It can jailbreak and hack your iOS device with a text message.
We would strongly recommend you to update your iPhone/iPad to iOS 9.3.5 and prevent your iOS device from the vulnerability. In order to do that go to Settings App and select General. Select Software Update on the next screen. Finally, tap on Download and Install.
It all started when Ahmed Mansoor received a text message on his iPhone which read – “New secrets about torture of Emiratis in state prisons.”and was followed by a link from an unknown number on August 10th.
Mansoor is a human rights activist from UAE. Mansoor who had been a target of government hackers earlier was smart enough to not to click on the link. He reported the same to Bill Marczak, a researcher at Citizens Lab. Here is a tweet which shows the message Mansoor received.
— @EGEM (@Egemonline) August 25, 2016
Citizens lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory located in Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. And after two weeks they pointed out NSO group an Israeli firm as the owner of the surveillance software. Mansoor was shocked when it was revealed that the cost of spyware was around $1 million. This is what he had to say -“If you would give me probably 10 percent of that I would write the report about myself for you!”
This, of course, is not good for the relation between Israel and UAE. Moreover, there is an uncomfortable situation for Francisco Partners. Francisco partners is a private equity firm and owns NSO group. FP is nearby Apple headquarters in California and it raises quite a lot of questions on them.
All in all, we as iOS users need to thank Ahmed Mansoor, Citizens Lab, Bill Marczak to detect the issue and finally Apple to release a patch quickly to remove the vulnerabilities.