LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Apple issued an urgent security alert for iPad and iPhone users late Thursday.

Apple warns hackers have released sophisticated spyware- that allows cyber criminals to spy on calls and texts.
It was used to target the phone of a middle eastern dissident, but security experts believe its also being actively used against other iPhone users around the world.

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Apple is urging owners to download an urgent software update. It’s a new operating system, version 9.3.5

The alert covers the iPhone 4S and all later models.

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Hackers send an email inviting users to click on a web link, then spy on apps including facebook, FaceTime, calendar and gmail.

Security expert Jessica Naziri told CBS2 News “This attack is something very new. Usually when there are attacks, it would be on our PCs. But now it’s on our phone.  We are using our phones all the time, this is where all the information lies.”

Naziri advised against opening unfamiliar links, and suggested changing passwords often.

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