February 23, 2024

‘Operation Triangulation’ exposes advanced iMessage attack on security firm

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‘Operation Triangulation’ exposes advanced iMessage attack on security firm

Security experts have disclosed an astonishing four-year campaign of iPhone hacking targeting the Russian security company Kaspersky, which has been labeled “the most sophisticated exploit ever.”

Researchers uncover a sophisticated iPhone attack
Researchers uncover a sophisticated iPhone attack

Operation Triangulation’s attack involved a complex series of exploits, including a zero-click iMessage attack, targeting iOS up to version 16.2. The attack began with a malicious iMessage attachment exploiting an undocumented TrueType font instruction, leading to remote code execution.

The exploit chain incorporated multiple techniques such as return/jump oriented programming, JavaScript obfuscation, and manipulation of JavaScriptCore and kernel memory, according to Kaspersky researcher Boris Larin.

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