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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Apple releases software update to close spyware flaw Related reading: Tencent launching data protection oversight board

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  • Apple released emergency software updates to close a flaw that allows Israeli spyware company NSO Group to infect its products, The New York Times reports. Security researchers at Citizen Lab discovered the vulnerability, which infects devices without users’ knowledge. It can turn on the camera and microphone, as well as record sent messages, texts, emails and calls to NSO clients. “This spyware can do everything an iPhone user can do on their device and more,” Citizen Lab Senior Researcher John Scott-Railton said.
  • Following Apple’s update, security researcher Patrick Wardle said changes could be made to improve the safety of iMessage and iOS, GovInfoSecurity reports. Wardle suggested security customizations, like allowing only text, no PDFs, for example, through iMessage. “There are a lot of third-party plug-ins, plug-ins and extensions that really allow you to still use the browser, but really reduce the attack surface, which is great,” he said.
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