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Apple Issues Alerts On 'Mercenary Spyware Attacks' Targeting iPhone Users

Apple has issued alerts to iPhone users in India and 97 other countries regarding potential “mercenary spyware attacks” that pose a threat to their devices. This is the second such notification campaign by the tech giant this year, following a similar alert sent to users in 92 nations in April. What Did The Message Read? […]

Apple has issued alerts to iPhone users in India and 97 other countries regarding potential “mercenary spyware attacks” that pose a threat to their devices. This is the second such notification campaign by the tech giant this year, following a similar alert sent to users in 92 nations in April.

What Did The Message Read?

The warning message sent by Apple states, “Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-.” The alert emphasizes that these sophisticated attacks likely focus on specific individuals based on their identity or occupation. Recipients are urged to take the warning seriously.

Continued Efforts to Protect Customers

Since 2021, Apple has been actively sending threat notifications to users in over 150 countries. These recent warnings reflect Apple’s ongoing commitment to safeguarding its customers from advanced cyber threats.

Apple defines these incidents as “mercenary spyware attacks,” a terminology shift from previously used terms like “state-sponsored” attacks. The company highlights that such attacks, including those utilizing spyware like Pegasus developed by NSO Group, are extremely rare and significantly more sophisticated than typical cybercriminal activities or consumer malware.

In its communications, Apple underscores the sensitive nature of its threat detection methods. It refrains from disclosing additional specifics to prevent aiding attackers in evading detection in the future. Apple entirely relies on internal threat intelligence and investigations to identify such threats.

Affected users are advised by Apple to promptly take steps to secure their devices and accounts to mitigate potential risks.

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