Pegasus Spyware: Apple sends alerts to iPhone users

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Pegasus spyware-creator NSO Group, in a bid to fight state-sponsored targeting and illegal snooping on iPhones. Apple has also announced that it will inform those iPhone users who may be victims of cyber attacks, such as Pegasus, through state-of-the-art companies. From regular malware or spyware applications that can snoop on your personal data, these attacks are not very different.

Apple describes government-sponsored attacks as the use of surveillance technology that targets certain individuals for the type of work they do — such as journalists, activists, lawyers and others. These attacks are targeted at a small number of users, and often tend to affect multiple platforms, including iOS and Android.

> How to check whether someone is spying on your iPhone or other Apple devices

Apple will send alerts to victims via email and iMessage notifications. The alert will be sent to the email ID and mobile number used to create the Apple ID. If you want to check yourself then visit the website “appleid.apple.com” and log in with your Apple ID login details.

If any of your Apple devices linked to that Apple ID have been hacked then Apple will disclose “threat information”.

Apple reported six activists and researchers, most notably the Thai government, being “sponsored by the government”. According to a report by Reuters, alert messages from Apple say, “If your device is damaged by a government attack, they may be able to remotely access your sensitive data, communications, or even the camera and microphone.”

> What to keep in mind while checking for Threat Notifications from Apple

Apple warns users that these threatening notifications will not require you to click any links, open files, install applications or profiles, or provide your Apple ID password or certificate code via email or on the phone.

If you receive any threatening information claiming to be Apple and ask you for your Apple ID details or tell you to click on a link then make sure it is your own scam. Also, always use 2-factor authentication on your Apple ID to secure your account.

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