Apple released an emergency security update for the Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. Why? Pegasus is on the loose! What is Pegasus? Let’s recap.
What is Pegasus?
Pegasus is spyware that resides on your device and can capture all our data. You can’t detect it, and it can potentially look at all your messages, track calls, collect passwords, and access the camera and microphone according to Wikipedia. It is known as “zero-click remote execution” malware, meaning it can be installed on your devices without needing any interaction from you.
History of Pegasus
It was first discovered back in 2016. It was originally developed by an American firm and provided “authorized governments with technology that helps them combat terror and crime.” It was then sold to an Israeli from, and after it was discovered, they sold it to the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf States.
It has been linked to spy on Jeff Bezos, the Kashoggi murder, France 24, and numerous other incidents.
What does the security update do from Apple?
Apple doesn’t report much on security fixes, but they have said this iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8, watchOS 7.6.2, and macOS 11.6 do plug a bug that could have been exploited by a specially crafted PDF file.
So if you are using iOS or iPadOS 14.7 or less, watchOS 7.61 or lower, or any macOS lower than 11.6 – you should update ASAP to patch this bug.
How do you update?
- iPhone or iPad: Go to Setting > General, and tap on Software updates. You should download the iOS 14.8 or iPadOS 14.8 packages.
- Apple Watch: If your Apple Watch is connected to Wi-Fi, go to the Settings app, and head to General > Software Update. The version number for the new security update is WatchOS 7.6.2.
- Macs: On the menu bar, click on the Apple icon, and then click on About this Mac. Select the Software Update option. The security update version number is MacOS 11.6.
Again, if you’re using any of these Apple devices, you should update them right now.