Without a doubt the big story for the past few days has been the Wikileaks and the release of top secret CIA hacking tools, code-named “Vault 7”. If you missed this and you want to catch up on the story, you can go to https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/ and read all about it.
A number of hacking tools and exploits were created by the CIA to specifically target Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows mobile devices. Shortly after Wikileaks released documents revealing details around the popular mobile operating systems, Google released a statement in which they said that many of the vulnerabilities highlighted in Vault 7 have been fixed.
“As we’ve reviewed the documents, we’re confident that security updates and protections in both Chrome and Android already shield users from many of these alleged vulnerabilities”
Apple did not stay quiet and also issued a similar statement to assure their customers that most of the vulnerabilities were already patched in their latest iOS.
“While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS. Apple will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities.”
If your device has not been updated lately, I would suggest you have it check for over the air (OTA) updates and apply those immediately. Google may be quick to patch and release security updates to its own Pixel devices, but it will be interesting to see how quickly different cell phone carriers, such as ATT, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint will react and catch up.