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Apple Warns iPhone Users of Mercenary Spyware Attacks



Apple has recently notified iPhone users in 98 countries about potential threats from mercenary spyware attacks. This is the second alert campaign from Apple this year, following a similar notification in April to users in 92 countries. Since 2021, Apple has regularly issued these alerts, reaching users in over 150 countries.


The notification warns users that their iPhones are being targeted by mercenary spyware aiming to compromise the device remotely. Apple emphasized the importance of the alert, stating that while absolute certainty is difficult, the company has high confidence in its detection methods.


In October, Apple sent similar warnings to journalists and politicians in India. Reports from Amnesty International later confirmed the presence of Pegasus, a sophisticated spyware developed by the Israeli firm NSO Group, on the iPhones of several prominent Indian journalists.


Apple's communication underscores the sensitivity of its threat detection methods. The company cautions that revealing more details could help attackers evade future detection. Notably, Apple has changed its terminology, now referring to these incidents as "mercenary spyware attacks" instead of "state-sponsored" attacks.


Apple relies exclusively on its internal threat intelligence and investigations to identify such attacks. The company’s goal is to communicate the severity of the threat in a way that is understandable to the general public, without compromising the effectiveness of future threat detection efforts.

Source: TechCrunch

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