Apple Issues Worldwide Alerts on Potential Mercenary Spyware Threats

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Apple has taken a proactive stance against potential mercenary spyware attacks, issuing threat notifications to iPhone users across 92 countries.

The alerts, dispatched at 12pm Pacific Time on Wednesday, cautioned users without disclosing the attackers’ identities or specific affected regions.
The warnings highlighted the likelihood of targeted attacks based on individuals’ identities or activities, urging users to heed them seriously.
Apple’s confidence in these alerts is high, reinforced by its track record of issuing similar notifications multiple times annually, reaching users in over 150 countries since 2021.
In a notable incident last October, Apple sent comparable warnings to journalists and politicians in India, following the discovery of the NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware on iPhones.
While these alerts coincide with election preparations in numerous countries, Apple refrained from commenting on this correlation.
To prevent attackers from adapting, Apple maintains discretion in disclosing detailed information about the alerts, emphasizing the evolving nature of the threat landscape.
While previously labeling attackers as “state-sponsored,” Apple now terms them as purveyors of “mercenary spyware attacks,” highlighting the sophisticated and rare nature of such incursions, often involving tools like Pegasus from the NSO Group.
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