Apple Alerts iPhone Users of 'Mercenary Attack,' What You Should Know

Apple Alerts iPhone Users of 'Mercenary Attack,' What You Should Know

Apple sent iPhone security alerts to people in 92 countries on Wednesday, warning that their iPhones have been remotely targeted in a hired spyware attack.

“Apple has detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack,” the company said in a threat notification email seen by CNET. “This attack is likely targeting you specifically because of who you are or what you do.”

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Compared to cybercrimes or consumer malware, mercenary attacks stand out because of their rarity and complexity. These carefully crafted attacks cost millions of dollars and focus on very few people. Targeting is ongoing and global, the company said in an email.

“If your device is compromised by a live spyware attack, the attacker can remotely access your sensitive data, communications, or even cameras and microphones,” the email reporting the threat states. can do.”

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This news was first reported by the Indian business publication. The Economic TimesIn which it was said that India is one of the affected countries. It's unclear if iPhone owners in the US were targeted. An Apple spokesperson had no comment beyond the statement shared in the notification email.

In a help page published Wednesdaythe company advises what to do if you receive a threat notification.

“We recommend you enlist professional help, such as the rapid response emergency security assistance provided by the digital security helpline at the nonprofit Access Now,” Apple said. . “Recipients of Apple's threat notification can contact the Digital Security Helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Through their website

The company also cited Pegasus, the latest spyware developed by Israel's NSO Group, when informing people of the latest mercenary attack.

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In November 2021, Apple filed a lawsuit against NSO Group. Be held accountable for monitoring and targeting Apple users using Pegasus. The spyware infected victims' devices, including iPhones, without first notifying the user. Since 2016, cyber watchdogs have uncovered several cases of Pegasus being used by various organizations to monitor journalists, lawyers, political opponents and human rights activists.

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