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WTOP wtop.com 13 Sep, 2021 22:15 am

Apple fixes security hole reportedly used to hack an iPhone

Apple released an emergency software patch to fix a security vulnerability that researchers said could allow hackers to directly infect iPhones and other Apple devices without any user action.

They said they had high confidence that the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire firm, Israel’s NSO Group, was behind the attack on the activist’s device.NSO Group responded with a one-sentence statement saying it will continue providing tools for fighting “terror and crime.They said they had high confidence the Israeli company NSO Group was behind the attack, adding that the targeted activist asked to remain anonymous.Citizen Lab says the case reveals, once again, that NSO Group is allowing its spyware to be used against ordinary civilians.

” The researchers said it also undermines NSO Group’s claims that it only sells its spyware to law enforcement officials for use against criminals and terrorists and audits its customers to ensure it’s not abused.In July, a global media consortium published a damning report on how clients of NSO Group have been spying for years on journalists, human rights activists, political dissidents — and people close to them, with the hacker-for-hire group directly involved in the targeting.

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