Apple Report: Security Flaw Affects iPhones, iPads, Macs
On Wed., Apple issued two security reports warning of serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads, and Macs that could allow attackers to take complete control of the devices.
- On Wed., Apple issued two security reports warning of serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads, and Macs that could allow attackers to take complete control of the devices.
- Apple explained that if exploited, the vulnerabilities could allow hackers to get "full admin access," including users' location, messages, contact lists, and even potentially the device's camera and microphone.
- The tech company didn't disclose how the vulnerabilities were discovered but they have advised owners to update any iPhone6S or later, several models of the iPad, and Macs running macOS Monterey. Some iPod models have also been impacted.
- Commercial spyware companies are known for identifying and exploiting such vulnerabilities by targeting smartphones, siphoning their content, and watching users in real-time.
- Apple has previously acknowledged similar flaws in its software. Apple has warned users should be cautious and update their devices regularly, especially those who are in the public eye such as activists, politicians, or journalists.
Sources: NBC, Daily Mail, CBS, and PBS NewsHour.
- Establishment-critical narrative, as provided by NY Times. Apple, which prides itself on its privacy features, has been confronted with a breach that - due to the company's greedy information collection - has the potential to be detrimental to users. While the tech business would like customers to believe that they're fully in charge of their privacy, the reality is far from this.
- Pro-establishment narrative, as provided by Daily Mail. The recent disclosure by Apple is no reason to panic. While the vulnerability, if exploited, could allow hackers to gain access to users' device(s), there are steps that can be taken to prevent this. This is an opportunity for users to take control of their privacy. Customers should stay calm and update their device's software.