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UAE Activist Discovers Dangerous IPhone Spyware

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A human rights activist almost fell victim to a spyware attack on his iPhone, which could have given hackers free reign to his personal data, eavesdrop on calls; activate his phone camera and much more. The spyware was disguised as a link promising to reveal details regarding torture at UAE’s prisons. The activist named Ahmed Mansoor, who lived in downtown Ajman; a small city-state in the United Arab Emirates reported the link to internet watchdog, Citizen Lab, which exposed plans by an Israeli cyber espionage firm, who planned to develop eavesdropping software.

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Apple has issued a security update to resolve the issue. Spyware is software that aims to gather information about a person or organization without their knowledge and send such data to another entity without the consumer’s consent, or that asserts control over a computer without the consumer’s knowledge. A highly targeted form of spyware was apparently hidden behind the text message, which actually takes advantage of Apple iOS’ undisclosed weakness. Apple has issued a security update to resolve the issue.

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