The incredible story behind the recent iOS security update.

You’ve probably already run the recent security update for iOS devices and Macs. If you haven’t you should do so asap.

Most iOS and Mac security updates don’t usually come with a story like the one that came with this latest update. Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates, has been a target of the government for decades.

Last month Ahmed received two SMS messages on his iPhone with what looked like suspicious links. Since he had been attacked before he didn’t click on the links and instead forwarded the SMS message to security researchers.

The researchers discovered three never before seen zero day vulnerabilities during their investigation and reported their findings to Apple.

The Daily Dot has put together a podcast that includes an interview with Ahmed Mansoor which is well worth listening to.

Patrick Howell O’Neill, for The Daily Dot and Layer 8 Podcast

They call him the “million dollar dissident.”

Ahmed Mansoor has been targeted for a decade. As a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates, he has suffered theft, assault, prison, and repression. He’s also a regular target of state-sponsored hacking.

Mansoor recently made headlines after he helped researchers uncover the most sophisticated spyware ever discovered. Dubbed Pegasus by its creator, an Israeli firm called NSO Group, the suite of malware revealed flaws in Apple iOS that recently forced the company to issue a critical update to its hundreds of millions of users.

In this premiere episode of the Layer 8 Podcast, Mansoor talks about his life, his work, and why he continues on despite the government’s eyes trained on his every move in both cyberspace and the street.

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