Apple issues fix for zero-day flaws used in spy attacks against Kaspersky. Patch now!

Apple issues fix for zero-day flaws used in spy attacks against Kaspersky. Patch now!

If you have an Apple computer, watch, or smartphone you have hopefully already received a notification that you should install an update to your operating system.

And yes, you really should update your devices.

It’s just a couple of weeks since Russian cybersecurity outfit Kaspersky publicised that it had found someone had exploited a zero-day flaw in iOS to sneak spyware onto the iPhones of its middle and senior management.

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Kaspersky called the attack “Operation Triangulation”, and described how the malware infected devices via a zero-click exploit in iMessage.

Now Apple has released patches for iOS, macOS and watchOS.

Apple security notes

A previously-unknown zero-click remote jailbreak exploit for iOS doesn’t come cheap. Whoever deployed this against Kaspersky must have considerable technical resources, or a substantial budget for purchasing details of an exploitable flaw.

An obvious question to ask is who might be behind a sophisticated spyware attack on Russian security firm Kaspersky?

I’ll leave that question hanging for you, gentle reader, to mull over…

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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