On Monday, Apple issued new security updates for its devices to counter a Pegasus spyware hack. Last month, spyware researchers at University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab uncovered a security flaw in Apple’s imessage app that was being exploited by the invasive Pegasus Surveillance tool developed by the Israel-based NSO Group. Known as a ‘zero-click’ exploit, the malware could infect devices even if users did not click on a malicious link or message. The spyware has faced intense scrutiny ever since the Pegasus Project brought to light that it was being used to spy on activists, journalists and politicians by harvesting data from their phones.

“We determined that the mercenary spyware company NSO Group used the vulnerability to remotely exploit and infect the latest Apple devices with the Pegasus spyware,” Citizen Lab wrote in a post.

Apple said it had “rapidly” developed the update following Citizen Lab’s discovery of the problem.

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“Attacks like the ones described are highly sophisticated, cost millions of dollars to develop, often have a short shelf life, and are used to target specific individuals,” the company said.

In a statement NSO said it would “continue to provide intelligence and law enforcement agencies around the world with life saving technologies to fight terror and crime.”

Following the Pegasus scandal, experts at the UN called for an international moratorium on the sale of surveillance technology till regulations are in place to protect human rights.

“It is highly dangerous and irresponsible to allow the surveillance technology and trade sector to operate as a human rights-free zone,” the United Nations human rights experts said in a statement at the time.

The statement was signed by three special rapporteurs on rights and a working group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other businesses.

From : pk.mashable.com

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