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Apple releases emergency update: Patch, but don’t panic

September 14, 2021

Spyware developed by the company NSO Group is back in the news today after Apple released an emergency fix for iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches. The update fixes a vulnerability silently exploited by software called Pegasus, which is often used in high-level surveillance campaigns by governments.

Zero-day

Pegasus spyware is typically installed on victims’ phones using a software exploit that requires little or no user interaction—perhaps no more than a click. The exploits change over time, as they are discovered and patched by Apple.

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