Apple has had to quickly update its software for an iphone vulnerability that some independent researchers say has created a critical vulnerability. Researchers from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said the software exploit has been in use since February and has been used to deploy Pegasus, the spyware made by Israeli firm NSO Group that has allegedly been used to surveil journalists and human rights advocates in multiple countries. It has also been exploited by notorious surveillance software to spy on a Saudi activist.
On Monday, an urgent update was released that plugs a hole in the iMessage software that allowed hackers to infiltrate a user’s phone without the user clicking on any links. Apple credited the Citizen Lab researchers for finding the vulnerability.