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…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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