The Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone iMessage Flaw Enables ‘Zero Click’ Hack

The ‘Zero Click’ is the newest hacking strategy for Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone messages. The ‘Zero Click’ is enough to pose a threat to iPhone users. The ‘Zero Click’ hacking approach does not need any participation from the user, so it’s regarded as very dangerous since a lot can happen without the user’s permission. This hack comes after the rumors have it that the new iPhone 13 is on the way. A development that is making people more worried because of the security threats.

The ‘Zero Click’ threat 

TechCrunch revealed in a report that the Pegasus iPhone hack is back. Pegasus has been the highest iPhone hack for the longest time, and it targets iMessages. The Israel cyber arms NSO group developed the Pegasus hack, which the company sold to the highest bidder. 

The hack was initially noticed in 2016, whereby the NSO’s Pegasus spy targeted 50,000 users. The threat was evident in the iPhone 12 pro-Max, which had several hacks in iMessages. The new version of Pegasus goes beyond Apple’s security measures, which is a good reason to pose a massive threat to iPhone users. The Citizen Lab, which is six months old and is in the University of Toronto, discovered the new version of the Pegasus ‘Zero Click’ hack.

The researchers used an iPhone 12 pro belonging to one of Bahrain’s activists and proved that the iMesages was indeed attacked, all the way from February. Furthermore, the zero-click strategy was used, which did not involve the activist’s interaction for the hack to succeed.

The hack was evident in Apple’s May release, iOS 14.4 and iOS 14.6.

Apple Inc’s reaction to cyberthreats

Although Apple is fixing the initial attack in July with its latest update, iOS 14.7.1, Pegasus has found a new way to attack. In addition, Apple said to TechCrunch that it does not support cyberattacks, but they never talked about the attack on iOS 14.7.1. However, Apple is working day and night to secure iMessages which seems to be the biggest target by the hackers.

The new iOS 15, which might be released next month, includes Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) to detect any unusual photos related to child sexual abuse. We still don’t know whether the CSAM will have weapons against the Pegasus.

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Published by Benjamin Roussey

Benjamin Roussey is from Sacramento, California. He has two master’s degrees and served four years in the U.S. Navy. His bachelor’s degree is from CSUS (1999) where he was on a baseball pitching scholarship. His second master’s degree is an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix (2006). He has worked for small businesses, public agencies, and large corporations. He has lived in Korea and Saudi Arabia where he was an ESL instructor. Benjamin spends his time in between Northern California and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, committing himself to his craft of freelance and website writing.

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