If you have an iPhone, you need to download the latest iOS update right now

Apple released the "important security update" in response to an active malware threat that can be used to read texts and email, record calls (including WhatsApp and Viber calls), track your location and turn on your phone's camera and microphone.

If that sounds terrifyingly invasive, that's because it is. The threat, dubbed "Trident" by mobile security firm Lookout, exploits three zero-day vulnerabilities in iOS 9 to form an "attack chain" that can break through Apple's (relatively) secure platform. According to University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, Trident is used in a spyware product developed by Israel-based "cyber war" company NSO Group (which is reportedly owned by an American venture capital firm). 

Citizen Lab and Lookout became aware of the issue when links containing the Trident exploit and the spyware were sent to Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights defender based in the United Arab Emirates. Mansoor did not click on the links and instead forwarded the emails to Citizen Lab, but had he clicked on the links, his phone would have been remotely jailbroken and invaded by NSO Group's "government-exclusive" spyware. Upon confirming the zero-day iOS vulnerabilities, Citizen Lab and Lookout notified Apple -- and now Apple has released a fix.

How to update your iPhone

To see if you're running the latest, patched version of iOS 9, open the Settings app and go to General > About > Version. If it says 9.3.5, you're good. Anything else, and you need to update.




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Zero Days is a must-see video for all students of national security. Zero Days includes interviews with Michael Hayden, Gary Samore, Richard Clarke, plus DHS Chief of Cyber Defense.  

In addition to a superb account of Stuxnet (actual name, Olympic Games), it provides details on the Iranian retaliatory attacks, far more sophisticated offensive weapons, and the most important issue—controlling cyber weapons.  

One can view Zero Days through Amazon for $7.00.







I am making a documentary about 2,300 7th Day Adventist conscientious objectors who volunteered for human testing in the Army biodefense program at Ft Detrick 1954-73. I plan to have it released on Veterans Day.
"Hacksaw Ridge" is also coming out in November. It is about Desmond Doss, the Seventh-Day Adventist conscientious objector who was awarded the Medal of Honor. I have read many MOH citations, but never one as incredible as this one.