NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple (AAPL) - Get Free Report repaired a security flaw in its iPhones and iPads on Thursday after human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor's phone was the target of a thwarted text message hack, Reuters reports.
The text sent to Mansoor's phone included a link, which would have installed software to take advantage of unknown flaws in the iPhone 6, researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab said in a report cited by Reuters.
Mansoor is a prominent United Arab Emirates dissident.
"Once infected, Mansoor's phone would have become a digital spy in his pocket, capable of employing his iPhone's camera and microphone to snoop on activity in the vicinity of the device," Citizen Lab wrote in the report.
The program could also record messages from Facebook's (FB) WhatsApp and listen to Viber calls while also tracking Mansoor's movement.
The strong spyware is the first-known incident of software with the ability to remotely take control of a fully updated iPhone 6.
Since being alerted of the security breach last week, Apple has developed a fix to the flaws and released an automatic update to all iPhone 6 owners.
Shares of Apple were down in pre-market trading on Friday.
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