Is Pegasus back? Apple issues Emergency Security Update

September 14, 2021 | 2 minutes read

Apple released a security update to fix the security vulnerability for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users.

Apple unveiled a critical software patch to fix the security vulnerability that researchers said could enable the hackers to directly infect the iPhones, iMac, and other Apple devices without any user action.

On September 7,  this malicious code was found by researchers in  Apple products. The University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab researchers further said the security issue was exploited to plant spyware on Saudi Activist iPhone. The group of researchers also found that the world’s infamous hacker-for-hire-firm Israel’s  NSO Group was behind that attack. 

For the satisfaction of its users, Apple in its blog post said it was releasing the security updates for iPads and iPhones because the “maliciously crafted” PDF file could lead to being hacked.

Later in the subsequent statement, Apple security chief Ivan Krstić praised the  Citizen Lab and stated that such exploits  “are not a threat to the overwhelming majority of our users.”Whilst  Apple did not respond to the questions regarding whether this was the first time it had patched the zero-click vulnerability

How can I save myself from hackers? 

Apple users should get alerts regarding the updates in relation to their iOS software. Those who want robust security of their phones should click  “General” then  “Software Update” and trigger the patch update directly.


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Apple earlier this year also had a setback when it had to cancel its satellite phone. The company faced a huge backlash when it had to pull out its child protection image screening system because of the huge privacy backlash. 

Citizen Lab, however, called the iMessage to exploit FORCED ENTRY and said updates were quite effective for the Apple iOS, macOS, and WatchOS devices. It also urged the users to install the updates immediately.