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Urgent iOS 16.5.1 iPhone update: why you need to take action now for your security - Joggingvideo.com
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Urgent iOS 16.5.1 iPhone update: why you need to take action now for your security

Apple has released an urgent software update for its devices, iOS 16.5.1, that you should download as soon as possible even if you have automatic updates turned on.  

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The update fixes two major security vulnerabilities. Both of these are being used in real-life iPhone cyberattacks. If these vulnerabilities are chained together, it could allow a remote attacker potentially full control over a compromised device. 

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The latest iPhone update fixes two major security vulnerabilities, which are being used in real-life iPhone cyberattacks. (CyberGuy.com)

What were the security fixes that Apple made? 

Apple’s security fixes are related to the Kernel and WebKit components of the iOS operating system. The Kernel is the core of the system that manages the hardware and software interactions, while WebKit is the engine that powers the Safari browser on iOS devices. Both of these components had flaws that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges or through malicious web content. 

Once the spyware is on an iOS device, it can take audio recordings, photos, videos, location history, and more and share them with the hacker. It can also steal contact information, browsing history, passwords, and other sensitive data. 

MORE: THE URGENT IPHONE WARNING YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO IGNORE 

Who has been attacked, and should I be worried? 

Kaspersky reported that they found several dozen iPhones that were infected with the new spyware, some of which belonged to senior employees at Kaspersky. The biggest targets as of now appear to be people like journalists, politicians, business executives, human rights activists, and other high-profile figures. Average civilians likely will not be attacked; however, you should still update your iOS devices with this new software as soon as you can. 

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You should see the update come up if you have not updated your device already. Click Install Now to begin the update 

Steps to iOS update on iPhone

Steps showing how to get the new iOS update on your Apple device. (CyberGuy.com)

MORE: A NEW MALICIOUS MALWARE IS SPECIFICALLY TARGETING IPHONES  

How frustrating is it to have to continue to update your iPhone to ensure the security of your iOS devices because of these types of vulnerabilities? Let us know by writing us at Cyberguy.com/Contact 

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