Apple has just released a new iOS update that fixes an important security issue. The new version, iOS 9.3.5, is available over-the-air or through iTunes.
A new issue
While Apple’s release notes don’t offer any specifics, The New York Times is reporting that the update fixes an issue that was discovered less than two weeks ago:
One of the world’s most evasive digital arms dealers is believed to have been taking advantage of three security vulnerabilities in popular Apple products in its efforts to spy on dissidents and journalists.
Investigators discovered that a company called the NSO Group, an Israeli outfit that sells software that invisibly tracks a target’s mobile phone, was responsible for the intrusions. The NSO Group’s software can read text messages and emails and track calls and contacts. It can even record sounds, collect passwords and trace the whereabouts of the phone user.
This is expected to be the final iOS 9 update. The next-generation software, iOS 10, is currently in beta testing and is expected to be released sometime next month.