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Apple Issues Urgent Software Update to Patch Spyware Vulnerability

Apple users are being encouraged to update their devices after researchers discovered a security flaw that could allow hackers to secretly install spyware without targets knowing. The company on Monday released an emergency patch to the vulnerability flaw that allowed advanced spyware to be installed into users’ Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches. It comes after security researchers at Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto last month uncovered the security flaw that they believe has been used by government clients of Israeli spyware company NSO Group to secretly hack into devices since February. The researchers were examining the phone of a Saudi activist when they discovered the exploit, and subsequently shared their findings with Apple. According to Citizen Lab, researchers found that in some cases, NSO Group’s Pegasus malware-infected targeted Apple devices without the users taking any action—what’s known as a zero-click vulnerability. The malware enables …

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