Security researchers have uncovered new spyware to remotely hack iPhones, proving that Apple devices will continue to be at risk even if the NSO Group completely disables the Pegasus tracking tool.
Citizen Lab has released new data on a spy tool called Predator, which is developed and sold by the little-known hired surveillance company Cytrox. A team of security researchers discovered spyware on the smartphones of two Egyptians – a politician and a news host.
The victims were attacked by Predator spyware in June 2021. Citizen Lab indicates that the virus entered the iPhone through links sent to WhatsApp. At that time, smartphones were running iOS 14.6. The owners only suspected that their devices had been jailbroken when they noticed that the smartphones were getting very hot. Citizen Lab analyzed the gadgets and found traces of the Predator.
It is unclear how Apple will deal with such spyware and when the company will fix the vulnerabilities used by hackers to spy on iPhone owners. Apple recently filed a lawsuit against the NSO Group and began notifying users of possible government surveillance.
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