This cyber-attack is mainly affecting MacOS, iOS, and Safari browsers. Do you use Apple’s iPhone or MacBook? Then be careful! At any moment you can be a target of hackers. Google’s Threat Advisory Group (TAG) recently found that these hackers are powerful enough and are receiving government support from certain countries.
Google said in a blog post that they first learned of the cyber-attack in late August this year. However, Apple was notified immediately after the attack and the company has been working to prevent the attack. This cyber-attack is mainly affecting MacOS, iOS, and Safari browsers.
After Google’s Special Investigations Team (TAG) informed Apple about the attack, Apple released a security update on September 23. This makes it possible to repair security flaws in the Safari browser’s WebKit rendering engine.
According to Google’s security team, these are ‘watering hole’ attacks, meaning that the attack is being carried out targeting a specific group. Most of the people who use Hong Kong’s media outlets and political group websites are likely to be victims of this hacking. Hackers already know who is interested in learning about Hong Kong’s political activities. Users of certain websites are exposed to such hacks only when they are downloading audio or video from there or uploading some kind of video there.
Apple recently launched “generic protections in the Big Sur,” which protects the operating system from being hacked. In addition, Google has recently been able to detect such security flaws in itself and other operating systems.