A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has triggered a global upgrade of Apple’s mobile operating system, security researchers said on Thursday. The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple’s iPhone to take complete control of the devices. While nation states targeting individuals is nothing new, this attack was something no one has ever seen before. Apple said in a statement that it fixed the vulnerability immediately after learning about it.
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