If you have an iPad, iPhone, or Mac, you should definitely update your device right now. Why? Because there are new patches and you don’t want to get hacked.
This very morning, Apple unexpectedly released iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1, the company’s latest phone and tablet updates. The company also released macOS Big Sur 11.5.1, a patch that addresses a minor bug after the release of macOS Big Sur 11.5 last week.
Most importantly, recent updates fix a zero-day vulnerability that Apple claims has been being exploited by hackers within the world. That vulnerability called CVE-2021-30807, it could allow a hacker to run arbitrary code with kernel privileges, essentially allowing them to hijack your device at a very elementary level.
The Record notes that while it’s not exactly clear who is doing the hacking, there are some notable suspects:
While there is a pretty solid chance that this new exploit could be used by the iOS jailbreak community to root iPhones, it is also unclear if he is related in any way to NSO Group, an Israeli company that sells iPhone hacking tools to governments around the world, and was recently at the center of a host of investigative reports that have exposed some of its past attacks.
While it’s hard to say who exactly is after your device, you obviously don’t want them to be successful. Therefore, it would be best for you to update your device and forget about any problems.
How can I update my iPhone?
For iPhone and iPad owners (assuming you have an iPhone 6s or later, an iPad Pro, an iPad Air 2 or later, a fifth-generation iPad or later, an iPad mini 4 or later, or a seventh-generation iPod touch ), all you need is to download and install iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1.
To do this, connect your device to a power source and Go to Settings> General> Software Update and follow the instructions there.
For Mac owners, Click the Apple button (in the upper left corner of the screen)> About This Mac> Software Update> Update Now.
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