Apple will alert users exposed to state-sponsored spyware attacks

Apple will alert users exposed to state-sponsored spyware attacks

November 25, 2021 0 By [email protected] (AppleInsider Staff)

As part of Apple’s initiative to battle state-sponsored spyware, or more specifically the surveillance and monitoring of Apple device owners, the company is introducing a system that will alert users when they are believed to be targets of such attacks.

On Tuesday, Apple announced that it filed suit against NSO Group and its parent company over the creation and deployment of the Pegasus spyware.Ostensibly developed to aid in law enforcement campaigns, Pegasus relies on vulnerabilities, like the now-patched FORCEDENTRY exploit, to install a surveillance package capable of granting access to iOS and Android device microphones and cameras, as well as onboard data. The tool is sold — allegedly indiscriminately — to governments with poor human rights track records, who have in the past used it to monitor journalists, activists, researchers, politicians and other targets of interest.

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