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Arie van Deursen, a professor of software engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, said the reports were disturbing.Forensics expert Jonathan Zdziarski described the malicious program targeting Mansoor as a "serious piece of spyware." A soft-spoken man who dresses in traditional white robes, Mansoor has repeatedly drawn the ire of authorities in the United Arab Emirates, calling for a free press and democratic freedoms.The latest update to i OS 10, specifically i OS 10.2.1, is no exception.Since it’s release at the end of January, i Folks report a bunch of i Device and other i OS 10.2.1 problems. We’re used to it…According to Apple, i OS 10.2.1 protects users from “maliciously crafted web content leading to arbitrary code execution, exfiltrate data cross-origin, and preventing a malicious website from opening popups.” That’s a mouthful!He also noted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cultivated warmer ties with Arab Gulf states.
The use of Israeli technology to police its own citizens is an uncomfortable strategy for an Arab country with no formal diplomatic ties to the Jewish state.
Marczak said he and fellow-researcher John Scott-Railton turned to Lookout for help to pick apart the malicious program, a process which Murray compared to "defusing a bomb." "It is amazing the level they've gone through to avoid detection," Murray said of the software's makers.