It has been known for some time that the Pegasus monitoring software can be installed directly on iPhones via the network without the user even noticing. This security hole now seems to be closed.
The update to iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8 as well as updates for the Mac operating systems can be downloaded now.
This should mean that the iPhone is no longer so easy to attack – at least with the methods currently in use. However, Apple itself does not comment on this, not even the support document for the update has been updated. This is strange, since the company usually puts the privacy offered by the iPhone in the foreground. The New York Times can only tell us that the 14.8 update is about closing the security hole that enabled Pegasus.