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Apple fixes flaw after dissident targeted

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>> A strange text message to a human rights activist prompting Apple to roll out a new iOS security update Thursday. That according to researchers at the University of Toronto Citizen Lab which focuses on areas where technology meets human rights in global security. The target, The United Arab Emirates' Ahmed Mansoor, who earlier this month was texted a link promising to deliver secrets about detainees tortured in UAE jails.
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He sent that to Citizen Lab, which found that embedded in that link was software called zero-day exploits that could allow hackers to take complete control of his iPhone, turning it into a pocket spy. The researches say that technology didn't come from some rogue hacker, but from Israel's NSO group, which makes spyware that allows governments to secretly track individual's phones.
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Citizen Lab says such spyware can cost as much as a million dollars. Apple was notified about the security flaw and confirmed it had issued a patch. An attack on the current model iPhone 6 had not been detected before, but according to Citizen Lab, Mansoor, a pro-democracy advocate and member of Human Rights Watch, has been the target of hackers two times before.