- Oct 6, 2011
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Every once in a while the news and media go bonkers over lab created bugs in Android that will never actually amount to your valuable information being exposed. One crazy bug you won't likely hear about is a government cyberspionage tool that can totally take over your iPhone with one single click. The exploit uses three vulnerabilities within iOS software to give total access to the hacker. The exploit comes in the form of a text message with a link. Once you click the link your phone is remotely jailbroken and the would be hacker essentially has complete access to your phone and all of the information contained with
The hack was discovered by Ahmed Mansoor a human rights activist from the United Arab Emirates. He was a bit suspicious of a strange text message he received with a link "New secrets about torture of Emiratis in state prison.". Instead of opening the link he forwarded it to Bill Marczak a Citizen Lab researcher. It was soon discovered that this was no innocent news article link. Instead it was a very sophisticated piece of malware developed by a group of hackers who received the vulnerabilities and zero day exploits from Israeli surveillance vendor NSO.
As soon as Marczak of Lookout found out about these zero-days they informed Apple. Apple was able to get these exploits patched up in about 10 days. The latest update to iOS 9.3.5 will patch up the exploits. If you own an iOS product you had better update the software. Also don't click links contained in text messages from people you don't know. At this point that should be common sense.