A previously unknown advanced persistent threat (APT) is targeting iOS devices as part of a sophisticated and long-running mobile campaign dubbed Operation Triangulation that began in 2019.
“The targets are infected using zero-click exploits via the iMessage platform, and the malware runs with root privileges, gaining complete control over the device and user data,” Kaspersky said.
The Russian cybersecurity company said it discovered traces of compromise after creating offline backups of the targeted devices.
The attack chain begins with the iOS device receiving a message via iMessage that contains an attachment bearing the exploit.
The exploit is said to be zero-click, meaning the receipt of the message triggers the vulnerability without requiring any user interaction in order to achieve code execution.