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>> This is the man being called the million dollar dissident, Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates. A strange text message sent earlier this month to Mansoor's phone prompting Apple to roll out an iOS security update Thursday. Reuters correspondent Joe Men.>> He was suspicious, and instead he forwarded the text to researchers at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.
He had reason to be suspicious because, in fact, he had been targeted at least twice before that he knew of, by commercial spyware.>> The link promised to share with Manseur secrets about detainees tortured in Amarati jails. He's a pro-democracy advocate and a member of Human Rights Watch.
The Citizen Lab which works on tech human rights and security issues found that embedded in that link was spyware. They could allow hackers to take complete control of Manseur's iPhone.>> This is the first time that a jailbreak has been used, a remote jailbreak has been used as part of a delivered hack.
>> Citizens Lab says the malware, Which has never been seen before, came not from some rogue hacker, but from NSO. A firm in Israel which sells software allowing governments to secretly track people's phones.>> The most logical suspect, I think we could say, would be the United Arab Emirates government.
He does a fair amount of complaining about government policies. If everything is as it appears at the moment, some government, probably the United Arab Emirates, spent a million dollars to break into this guy's phone, and it didn't work.>> Apple was notified about the security flaw and confirms it's issued a patch.