Following the launch of a legal battle over a “state-sponsored” cyber attack, technology giant Apple has issued a speed warning to iPhone users. For allegations of surveillance and bullying of users in the US with its Pegasus spyware, the company has filed a lawsuit against Israeli company NSO Group and parent company OSY Technologies.
Powerful software has the ability to scan devices so that hackers can extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and activate microphones and cameras secretly.
In a statement on Tuesday, Apple said the NSO Group has created “state surveillance technology”.
And while it is thought to be just a “small number of users”, the company has also published an online guide on how to find out if something is damaged.
“Apple’s threat notifications are designed to inform and help users who may have been targeted by state sponsors,” the company said.
Apple says that, if it finds a service that is compatible with a “state-of-the-art” attack, it will target targeted users in two ways.
The company explains that the threat notification will appear at the top of the page after the user signs into appleid.apple.com.
Apple then sends email and notification iMessage to the email addresses and phone numbers associated with the Apple user ID.
“These notifications provide additional steps that notification users can take to help protect their devices,” the company said.
A statement continued: “Government-sponsored attacks are very costly and costly, and their attacks occur over time.
“Detecting such attacks is based on the ever-present threat and intelligence signs.
“It is possible that some Apple threat notifications may be false alarms, or that some attacks may not be detected.
“We cannot provide information on what caused the threat to be published, as it may help government-sponsored assassins to change their behavior to avoid future detection.”
As mentioned, the Pegasus hack sites are thought to be highly targeted individuals.
According to Reuters, Apple released warning messages on Wednesday to at least six activists and investigators critical of the Thai government.
Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist at Bangkok’s Thammasat University, said he had received two emails warning Apple that he believed the iPhone and iCloud accounts were targeted, with a “threat notification” on his Apple account.
Researcher Sarinee Achananuntakul and Thai law activist Yingcheep Atchanont of iLaw said they had received similar emails, while a singer, a political activist, and an anti-government politician posted screenshots of the same email on the accounts. their social media.
Two Ghanaian political activists, an opposition politician in Uganda, and a dozen journalists from the Salvadoran media reported later on Thursday that they had received similar warning messages from Apple, according to social media posts reviewed by Reuters.
It was not immediately clear at Apple alerts on Wednesday whether the company believes Pegasus is targeting Thais.