Update Your iPhones and iPads Now

IMG 0083New exploits were found in the wild, being used to target human rights activists, that could take over your phone with one click on a link in a text message or through another vector.

Unlike Google’s Android, Apple was able to roll out a fix for this issue very quickly to affected devices running iOS 9 once it was discovered. iOS 9.3.5 is now available. Launch the Settings app and go to General -> Software Update -> Tap on Download and Install and install the update if you have not done so already.

The exploit was able to completely hijack a target device according to security researchers at Lookout who were interviewed by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai:

“It basically steals all the information on your phone, it intercepts every call, it intercepts every text message, it steals all the emails, the contacts, the FaceTime calls. It also basically backdoors every communications mechanism you have on the phone,” Murray explained. “It steals all the information in the Gmail app, all the Facebook messages, all the Facebook information, your Facebook contacts, everything from Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Telegram–you name it.”

Apple recently announced a new bug bounty program that rewards those who find issues which could lead to exploits such as this one.

Peace Pulled From App Store

Marco Arment:

I’ve pulled Peace from the App Store. I’m sorry to all of my fans and customers who bought this on my name, expecting it to be supported for longer than two days. It’ll keep working for a long time if you already have it, but with no updates.

If you want a refund, here’s how you do that.

It was the best ad blocker out there on iOS 9, because Marco could be trusted to do the right thing as he’s done previously with his apps. It’s a shame to see it pulled, but you’ve got to do what you feel is right. I’ll be switching back to Crystal.

iOS 9 Out; Go Block Ads

iOS 9 is out today for your iPhones and iPads. It is fine, I’ve been running the public betas for a long time now, you could read Federico Viticci’s 23 page review for a second opinion. My favorite feature is that you can now block advertisements and tracking sites (they know what you do and decide to advertise socks to you if you visit a shopping site that sells socks, or just sell your browsing data) using any of a huge list of content blocker apps. I will be using Marco Arment’s Peace, which seems to have the best options and defaults. Unfortunately this will only work in Safari and the mini-browser you see within apps. It won’t work inside Facebook or other apps that have advertising within them, for example.