iOS 16.6.1 update officially arrives to address one of the most serious loopholes in Apple’s history iOS 16.6.1 update details
Apple released the iOS 16.6.1 update, which aims to address one of the most serious problems that Apple devices have suffered from during the recent period, as the company advised all users to update their devices to the new version.
iOS 16.6.1 update details
Apple released iOS 16.6.1 as an important security update for iPhones to address the zero-click bug in iOS 16 that could allow attackers to remotely install spyware on the device without any intervention from the iPhone owner. Spyware research group Citizen Lab discovered the vulnerability last week and notified Apple immediately.
A “zero-click” vulnerability was used to install NGO Group’s Pegasus spyware on an iPhone owned by an employee of a civil society organization in Washington, D.C. The spyware infects the phone and sends back data, including photos, messages, and audio/video recordings.
Apple has now released iOS 16.6.1 just days after this exploit was discovered, and it is imperative for iPhone owners to install this update, even if they are not likely to be targeted by spyware.
There are still plenty of groups willing to reverse engineer iOS security updates to try and figure out how to exploit this new vulnerability, which increases the risk of wider attacks.
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iOS vulnerabilities have made headlines regularly in recent years, especially those that were actively exploited before Apple became aware of the vulnerability.
The report says that Apple’s Lockdown Mode can protect users from this latest exploit, so if you are at risk of being targeted by spyware, you should enable this mode.
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