Apple Issues Global Security Updates After Hacking Flaw Exposed

September 2, 2016

Apple has released two security warnings, urging users to update software to fix flaws that could leave them open to hackers.

Laptop and desktop users have been warned to update their OS X El Capitan and Yosemite operating systems immediately to protect devices from cybercriminals.

The tech giant has also issued an update for its Safari internet browser, warning that “visiting a maliciously crafted website” could allow hackers to install monitoring software.

If compromised, hackers could potentially take complete control of a user’s computer.

The updates affect OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan, 10.10.5 Yosemite and Safari 9.1.3.

The warning comes just a week after Apple released an upgrade for its iOS operating system, following an attempt to hack a man’s iPhone using a link that could have provided access to his calls and messages.

Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor was sent a text message promising to reveal details about alleged torture in prisons in the United Arab Emirates.

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