You may have woken up this morning to find that there is a new update available for your iPhone. If you haven’t already, you should download the latest iOS update immediately.
The update has been released in response to an “active malware threat that can be used to read text and email, record calls (including WhatsApp and Viber calls), track your location and turn on your phone’s camera and microphone.”
The spyware was found by experts at the University of Toronto’s Citizen lab, when a prominent human rights activist from the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed Mansoor, received a text. The text message included a link to “secret documents” with information about detainees being tortured in United Arab Emirates jails. Luckily Mansoor did not click the links, instead he forwarded the message to Citizen Lab, who were able to uncover three zero-day vulnerabilities (nicknamed Trident).
It is believed that the spyware was developed by the NSO Group, a cyber war company which creates “government-exclusive” spyware.
If you haven’t been notified that there is an update Apple has released instructions so that you can properly update your phone, either through the device or using iTunes. https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT204204