If you own an iPhone, stop whatever you're doing and update your device to iOS 16.6.1. A significant security flaw has been discovered, and this update fixes it.
Discovered by Citizen Lab, a renowned spyware research group, the zero-day exploit enables attackers to remotely install Pegasus spyware onto your device—no interaction required from your end. This spyware, developed by NGO Group, is designed for use by government agencies and can collect data, including photos and messages, from your phone.
While Citizen Lab has not provided a full breakdown, they revealed that the exploit involves PassKit—the framework behind Apple Pay and Wallet—and malicious attachments sent via iMessage.
Think you’re not a likely target for government spyware? Think again. Exploits like these can quickly be reverse-engineered to target a broader range of victims. The risk isn’t limited to state-sponsored activities; it can affect the general populace as well.
Citizen Lab recommends enabling Apple's Lockdown Mode, particularly if you’re at risk of being targeted by state-sponsored spyware. Apple’s Rapid Security Response system is also in place to add security fixes without requiring a device reboot.
🔄 How to Update Your iPhone 🔄
- Go to "Settings" on your iPhone.
- Tap "General."
- Tap "Software Update."
- Follow the on-screen instructions to update to iOS 16.6.1.
This update is critical for your digital well-being. Update now to protect your personal data and privacy.