Apple begins sending alerts to Pegasus spyware victims, Marketing & Advertising News, AND BrandEquity
After filing a lawsuit against Israeli company NSO Group, the developer of infamous spyware Pegasus, the tech giant began sending threat notification alerts to victims of state-sponsored hackers, starting with Thailand, El Salvador and Uganda.
At least six Thai activists and researchers who have criticized the government have received the notification, TechCrunch reports.
The alerts were also sent to a number of users in El Salvador.
Norbert Mao, Chairman of the Democratic Party in Uganda, tweeted on Wednesday evening: “When you wake up to a threat notification from @Apple that your iPhone is being targeted, you know state sponsored cyber terrorism is real. . “
Apple’s alert warned that the company believes “you are the target of state-sponsored attackers who attempt to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID.”
“These attackers are probably targeting you individually because of who you are or what you do. If your device is compromised by a state-sponsored attacker, they may be able to remotely access your sensitive data, communications, or even the camera and microphone. Although it is possible that this is a false alarm, please take this warning seriously, ”says the Apple alert.
Tech giant Apple filed a lawsuit against the NSO Group on Tuesday, seeking a permanent injunction to ban the Israeli company from using any Apple software, service or device.
Apple has admitted that a small number of its users may have been targeted by an NSO group’s exploit to install Pegasus on Apple devices.
“State-sponsored players like the NSO Group are spending millions of dollars on sophisticated surveillance technology with no real accountability. This has to change, ”said Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple.
Apple’s lawsuit also seeks redress for the NSO Group’s flagrant violations of US federal and state law, resulting from its efforts to target and attack Apple and its users.