In response to the discovery that an iPhone can be hacked in just a single tap Apple has issued an update.
The bug exposed three different weaknesses in the operating system that allowed hackers complete to iOS devices, according to the smartphone security company Lookout and internet watchdog Citizen Lab.
Both companies suggested that an Israeli firm called NSO Group was responsible for the spyware.
Apple urged all users of iPhone to upgrade to the latest version of iOS immediately as this contains the necessary patch.
“The threat actor has never been caught before,” said Mike Murray, a Lookout researcher. He went on to say that it was “the most sophisticated spyware package we have seen in the market.”
The reports claimed that hackers could read texts and emails as well being able to track calls and contacts. It could also record sounds and collect passwords.
Citizen Lab was also alerted to the problem when a human rights activist, Ahmed Mansoor began receiving strange text messages contain links to information about the torture of UAE citizens.
The bug is easily resolved by simply updating to the latest version of iOS.
You can update your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Software Update
Alternatively, you can install the update manually by connecting your iPhone to your computer and opening iTunes.
Once in iTunes, select your device, then click on Summary, then Check for Update.