A report released by Amnesty International on Sunday showed that iPhones can be attacked and their confidential data can be stolen by hacking software without the phone’s owner clicking a link.
Amnesty International claimed that it discovered that the iPhones of journalists and human rights lawyers were infected with the NSO Group’s Pegasus malware. Attackers could use the malware to access messages, emails, and cell phone microphones and cameras.
The disclosure shows that governments using NSO Group software have been able to successfully hack the iPhone and use methods unknown to Apple to monitor user data. Even keeping the iPhone up to date cannot stop specialized attackers from using secret and expensive spyware. The nature of the
attack also indicates that changing user behavior, such as avoiding clicking unknown or phishing links in messages, may not protect iPhone users from NSO software. Amnesty International stated that previous versions of Pegasus required users to click on malicious links in messages.
NSO Group is an Israeli company that says it sells products to government agencies and law enforcement agencies under investigation to prevent terrorism, car explosions, and the destruction of drug and sex trafficking networks.
Amnesty International found evidence that the latest iPhone model iPhone 12 was hacked. This model runs iOS 14.6, which is the latest software before Monday. Apple updated its software to iOS 14.7 on Monday but has not yet released security details that may indicate whether it has fixed the vulnerabilities discovered by Amnesty International.
Amnesty International obtained a leaked list of 50,000 phone numbers that may be attacked by spyware created by the NSO group. It found evidence that Android devices were also attacked by NSO Group software, but it was unable to inspect these devices like the iPhone.
“Apple clearly condemns cyber attacks against journalists, human rights activists, and others seeking to make the world a better place. For more than a decade, Apple has been the industry leader in security innovation. Therefore, security researchers agree that the iPhone It is the safest and safest consumer mobile device on the market,” said the chief engineer. And Apple’s security architecture Ivan Cristi in a statement.