In order to prevent hackers from taking control of iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, Apple is alerting customers to urgent software updates.
The IT giant sent patches on Thursday and Wednesday to address what it claimed was a vulnerability that hackers were already aware of and potentially exploiting.
The Silicon Valley-based corporation added, “Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.”
Apple remained silent when asked if it knew how widely the problem had been abused.
According to the technical description, a hacker may utilize the vulnerability to take over a device and access all of its data and functionalities.
Some iPod models and Mac Macs running MacOS Monterey are also impacted by the bug.
Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update to manually update your smartphone.
Go to Settings > General > Software Update > Automatic Updates to enable automatic updates.
According to reports, “Apple has disclosed some rather major security flaws for iPhones, iPads, and Macs that may allow hackers to seize total control of these gadgets,” Metro.co.uk was informed by Jake Moore, global cyber security advisor at ESET.
“If exploited, attackers would be able to see your location, read messages, examine contacts lists, and possibly even access the microphone and camera,” the author writes. “These are all things you don’t want to have out there.”
According to bleepingcomputer.com, anonymous researchers reported the bugs.
Apple has not provided any additional information regarding the assaults or potential hackers.
Its most recent software update, which features “critical security improvements and is recommended for all users,” has a remedy, but the tech behemoth was quick to deliver it.
Only a few weeks have passed since the company’s iOS 15.6 upgrade.
Apple consumers are urged to update their devices out of an abundance of caution by security experts.
‘Those in the public eye such as activists, politicians and journalists should act quicker due to previously becoming targets of nation state spying,’ said Moore.
‘It is better to be safe than sorry and so it is vital to update all devices immediately which doesn’t take long over Wi-Fi.’