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Cybersecurity Quick Tip: Update Apple Devices Immediately for ‘Nasty Zero-Day Exploit’

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With a zero-day exploit actively infecting devices, Apple has released a security update for iOS, iPadOS, macOS BigSur, and watchOS.

 

Apple is acknowledging an exploit already actively being used, making this update particularly critical for security. As always, cybersecurity is a matter of ethics for lawyers. From PCMag:

The update fixes a memory corruption issue that allowed an app to “execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.” Why it’s so important to apply the security patches immediately is because Apple admits the exploit is already being actively used in the wild.

Update your iOS or iPadOS device by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. After that, tap “Download and Install” and the security update will be downloaded and applied, after which you should be protected from this exploit. For Mac users, open the Apple menu, select System Preferences, click Software Update, and then click “Update Now,” which will download the latest update and patch your system.

 

Our gratitude (again!) to the NCBA Center for Practice Management for circulating this via their helpful ICYMI newsletter.

 

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CATEGORIES: Ethics | Technology
TAGS: cybersecurity / data security / protection

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