UAE Cyber Security Council urges Apple device users to download latest software updates

Tech company's security fix covers the operating systems for its TV media player and smartwatch

Apple recently issued security updates for iPhone and MacOS products, among others. Photo: Reuters
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The UAE Cyber Security Council has urged users of various Apple products to download security updates for their iPhones, iPads, Macs and other devices powered by the company's operating systems.

This came after the technology company announced security updates on May 13 that also included Apple's watchOS and tvOS, in addition to the company's flagship Mac and iPhone products.

“Apple recently issued security updates to address several security vulnerabilities in some of its products, which could allow hackers to gain unauthorised access to devices, steal data or execute malicious code,” the council said on X.

“The UAE Cyber ​​Security Council recommends installing the latest versions released by Apple.”

US-based Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which acts as the country’s co-ordinator for critical infrastructure resilience, also issued a similar alert about “vulnerabilities” in Apple's Safari web browser and its iPhone, iPad, Mac, Watch and TV operating systems.

“A cyber threat actor could exploit some of those vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system,” the agency said.

Apple, as is the case with other consumer technology companies, routinely issues updates to enhance the security of its products but does not generally disclose details of the vulnerabilities.

The company's products have increasingly become the target of cyber criminals in recent years as its market share has been bolstered by strong Mac and iPhone sales.

Updated: May 15, 2024, 10:23 AM