Targeted iPhones: Apple warns Thai activists of “government-sponsored attacks”

According to activists and alerts reviewed by Reuters, Apple released warning messages on Wednesday to at least six activists and researchers critical of the Thai government, warning that it believes their iPhones have mass through “state attacks.” For comment, Apple and Thailand Digital Company did not immediately respond to a request.

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.

They were all seen as important to the Thai government.

The messages warn “if your device is compromised by a government attack, they may be able to remotely access your sensitive data, communications, or even cameras and microphones.”

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. Apple on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Israeli cybercrime company and parent company OSY Technologies for allegedly tracking and unlocking the US Apple users with its Pegasus spyware.

In a statement Tuesday, Apple said the NSO team has created a “state-of-the-art surveillance technology” aimed at “a small number of users.”

It was not immediately clear at Apple alerts on Wednesday whether the company believes Pegasus is targeting Thais.

Recognized Internet security team in 2018 a Pegasus spyware operator operating in Thailand.

The Thai government is also controlled by some 2014 government architects, who came to power after the 2019 election which its rivals said was stacked in favor of the military.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the prime minister, has denied allegations by the military that he changed the rules to make sure he was in control. It has faced the moons of government opposition.

Despite calls for greater democracy, the government has also criticized its control of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic system.