Unhackable Apple? New patches prove otherwise

by Derek Kortepeter
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments TechGenix vulnerabilities

A general misconception that drives cybersecurity experts like me insane is that Apple products are “safe.” By “safe,” I mean not as susceptible, or even completely invincible, to being hacked. This is patently false, as Apple has yet again proven via their latest patch update. Given the name “Trident” by researchers at Citizen Lab and Lookout, these iOS zero-day vulnerabilities (CVE-2016-4655, CVE-2016-4656, and CVE-2016-4657) could allow an attacker to remotely jailbreak a mobile phone and covertly install complex spyware. The spyware in question is called Pegasus, which was discovered when “attackers targeted a human rights defender with mobile spyware, providing evidence that governments digitally harass perceived enemies, including activists, journalists, and human rights workers.” The human rights defender in question is Ahmed Masoor, who noticed his phone was infected when he “received text messages promising ‘secrets’ about detainees tortured in UAE jails if he clicked on a...