All along

You will remember the great power play between the FBI and Apple over the former’s demand that Cupertino decrypt a particular iPhone in San Bernardino. Apple consistently refused, willing to take its chances in court. Rather suddenly, as matters were reaching a crescendo, the FBI dropped its demand. It had found an alternative way to extract the target phone’s contents.

Now, today, we learn that an Israeli firm has had the ability for some time to capture just about anything it wanted from an iPhone, exploiting three vulnerabilities of the device. NSO Group’s “software can read text messages and emails and track calls and contacts. It can even record sounds, collect passwords and trace the whereabouts of the phone user.” That’s from the New York Times.

This morning I updated my iOS gadgets with Apple’s software fix. You should do the same.