iPhone users warned of Pegasus-like attack: ‘Mercenary spyware’ can hack the phone, Apple sent warning mail to 91 countries including India

iPhone users warned of Pegasus-like attack: ‘Mercenary spyware’ can hack the phone, Apple sent warning mail to 91 countries including India

Tech company Apple has come to know that its users are being targeted through ‘Mercenary Spyware’. An attempt is being made to access the iPhone through this. Economic Times (ET) has given this information in one of its reports quoting sources related to this matter. Apple has sent a warning mail to its users in 91 countries including India who were potential victims of ‘Mercenary Spyware’ attack. According to the report, Apple has described this spyware attack as Pegasus created by Israel’s NSO Group. These types of attacks are different from typical cybercrime, which aims to gain unauthorized access to users’ devices. Apple sent a warning mail to some Indian users. According to The Indian Express, Apple has sent a warning mail to some Indian users on April 11 at around 12:30 pm Indian time. The mail reads – ‘Apple has detected that you are the victim of a ‘Mercenary Spyware’ attack that is trying to remotely hack the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-. This attack is probably targeting you specifically because of who you are or what you do. “While it’s never possible to achieve absolute certainty when detecting these types of attacks, Apple has full confidence in this warning – please take it seriously.” Users are being attacked by identifying them. ET claims that it has seen the threat notification issued by Apple, which shows the seriousness of the situation. The threat notification described this spyware attack as far rarer and more organized than regular consumer malware. The notification says – ‘Mercenary spyware’ attacks are usually carried out using users’ specific Apple ID, which shows that this attack is based on the person’s identity or activity. In October last year, Apple had sent a threat notification. In October last year, Apple had sent a notification of ‘state sponsored’ attack in many countries including India. In India, that threat notification was sent to many leaders of opposition parties including TMC leader Mahua Moitra, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and some journalists. Apple wrote in the threat notification – Apple believes that state sponsored attackers are trying to target you. An attempt is being made to remotely compromise the iPhone linked to your Apple ID. If your device is compromised by a state-sponsored attack, they can access your sensitive data, communications, and camera and microphone. It’s possible that this is a false alarm, but take this warning seriously.” However, the government has rejected allegations of phone hacking. Threat Notifications to Inform and Assist According to Apple’s website, threat notifications are available to users who Designed to inform and assist those who may have attempted to be targeted by state-sponsored attackers, the notification also provides information on steps you can take to secure your phone, including enabling lockdown mode. Lockdown Mode helps protect devices from extremely rare and highly sophisticated cyber attacks. When Lockdown Mode is enabled, your device will not function as it normally does. There are a few things you can do to prevent attacks. Apps, websites and features are limited. Follow three steps for security…

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