New NSO Spyware targets iPhones with zero-click exploit

Amid the pandemic, cybersecurity threats were at their peak with hackers trying their best to steal sensitive information. One such attack that came under the radar is NSO zero-click attack. The attack is not targeting iPhone smartphones evading BlastDoor, which is the latest security protection in iOS 14.

Citizen Lab brought this iPhone to exploit to light the iPhone 12 Pro that was targeted by a zero-click attack. The hack targets an undocumented security vulnerability of Apple iPhone installing Israeli-based NSO Group – Pegasus spyware. A total of nine Bahraini activists were hacked, orchestrated by a Pegasus operator.

Recently, Amnesty International researchers revealed that NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance firm, rolled out the zero-click that is targeting human rights activists and journalists across the globe.

However, the latest hack is targeting Apple BlastDoor tech that is included in the iPhone to filter malicious data from iMessage exploiting iOS 14.6 and iOS 14.4.

“Apple unequivocally condemns cyberattacks against journalists, human rights activists, and others seeking to make the world a better place … Attacks like the ones described are highly sophisticated, cost millions of dollars to develop, often have a short shelf life, and are used to target specific individuals. While that means they are not a threat to the overwhelming majority of our users, we continue to work tirelessly to defend all our customers, and we are constantly adding new protections for their devices and data,” said Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture Ivan Krstic.