Apple, a global mobile technology leader, has taken significant steps to enhance the security of its devices following the discovery of a critical security flaw by researchers from Citizen Lab, a renowned digital watchdog group.
The flaw was found in Apple devices linked to the Israeli company NSO, which faced sanctions from the US government in 2021 for its involvement in surveillance activities targeting government officials and journalists.
Zero-Click Vulnerability: The Security Threat Unveiled
Citizen Lab recently revealed a severe security vulnerability in Apple devices known as a ‘Zero-Click’ vulnerability, allowing hackers to compromise a device without any user interaction, such as clicking on a link.
This vulnerability was part of an exploit chain that aimed to propagate malware, including notorious spyware like Pegasus.
Swift Response from Apple
The exploit chain could target iPhones running the latest iOS version, 16.6, without requiring any user communication.
Citizen Lab promptly shared this critical information with Apple, leading to the release of a patch by the tech giant on Thursday, addressing the security flaw.
Upcoming Apple ‘Wanderlust’ Event
In the midst of these security updates, Apple is gearing up for its highly anticipated ‘Wanderlust’ event on Tuesday, September 12.
During this event, the company is set to unveil its new iPhone 15 series, which includes the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max Ultra.
Alongside the iPhone 15 series, Apple may introduce new smartwatches, including the Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2, as well as new AirPods equipped with USB-C ports.
The event will take place at Apple Park in California at 10 am and will be livestreamed, featuring a keynote by Apple CEO Tim Cook.