iOS 14.8: Critical Security Update

iOS users take note: while updates are often not critical, the newest update to iOS 14.8 is one of those critical updates.

Independent experts believe that all iPhone users are facing a software issue that was employed to spy on Saudi activists.

Apple recently released an “urgent” update to fix the issue. Apple Head of Security Engineering stated the vulnerability can be exploited to target specific individuals, however, is “not a threat to the overwhelming majority of our users.”

While typically for a phone to be attacked the user has to click on a corrupt link, this is not the case with this latest security workaround. The vulnerability can affect anyone who uses iMessage, according to Apple.

iPhone users can immediately update their phones to iOS 14.8 to be protected against potential, personal attacks. Users need only go into settings, click on “General” and check for a “Software Update.”

Recent months have seen an uptick in “zero click attacks. It is believe this has been enabled by spyware from Israeli firm NSO group who claims they only sell their services to government agencies to assist in combating crime and terrorism.

NOS Group didn’t address any allegations and stated only that it would continue to do business with government intelligence and law enforcement.

Despite this, researchers have demonstrated that the spyware was used in multiple cases on the phones of so-called dissidents and even journalists.