The National Information Technology Development Agency has warned Nigerians about an ongoing cyberattack on users of Apple products.

The warning was contained in a statement titled ‘Apple patches security flaw affecting all apple devices’ issued by NITDA’s Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations Unit, Mrs Hadiza Umar, on Wednesday.

The statement read, “Apple has released security updates for a newly discovered zero-day vulnerability that affects every iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch.

“Research revealed that the zero-click exploit, which targets iMessaging, is used to illegally spy on iOS devices.

“An attacker infects and exploits an Apple device without the victim’s knowledge or the need for the victim to carry out any action.”

It added, “A spyware called Pegasus gets deployed into targeted device, turns on the camera and microphone to record messages, texts, emails and calls, even if sent via encrypted messaging apps.

“Once the attacker has control of the device, the attacker compromises the user’s credentials, gains access to entire infrastructure, identify sensitive assets and move laterally within the network.”

Apple product users are advised to update their iOS devices with latest patches iOS 14.8.

In another development, the agency said it planned to partner with the Nigeria Police Force to enforce the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation and ensure that public and private organisations complied with the regulations, as well as to protect citizens’ personal information, combat cybercrimes and promote safer internet usage.

The Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi, said this when he paid a courtesy visit with his management team to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, on Tuesday in Abuja.

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