This has both threated and caused the loss of many lives in countries under strict regimes, and Apple—ever the advocate for online security—has taken an official stand against this blatant abuse of dangerous software on Apple devices. Apple is personally notifying anyone affected from an attack by Pegasus. Apart from launching the huge lawsuit against NSO Group, Apple has also announced that it will personally notify anyone who has been targeted in the past by a particular exploit known to be used by Pegasus, called FORCEDENTRY.
We recently reported on Apple’s unexpected lawsuit against NSO Group, an Israeli technology corporation best known for its Pegasus spyware, which it sells to governments all over the world. While the spyware is designed and sold with the intent of being used solely for the purposes of justice and peacekeeping, it’s no secret that governments all over the world have been abusing their Pegasus ownership and using it to track down innocent civilians who could be considered threats to the state’s agenda simply because they hold opposing viewpoints.
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The zero-click exploit (requiring no action from the user to gain entry) has since been patched, but Apple claims that there are still a “small number of users” whose devices have been infiltrated by Pegasus. The number of victims hasn’t been specified. Anyone who has been affected via the FORCEDENTRY attack at any point, Apple promises, will be notified through both e-mail, iMessage, and text notifications, informing iPhone users of the privacy breach. Apple will include instructions on how to kick out the bug and regain privacy and cybersecurity afterwards.
Apple re-iterates, in the support document released today, that “Apple threat notifications will never ask you to click any links, open files, install apps or profiles, or provide your Apple ID password or verification code by email or on the phone.” The only way to ensure that an Apple threat notification sent to your phone is legitimate, is to sign in to appleid.apple.com. If it’s genuine, Apple says it will be “clearly visible at the top of the page after you sign in.”New reasons to get excited every week. Get the most important news, reviews and deals in mobile tech delivered straight to your inbox.
I think this is a PR stunt. Apple makes concessions in China for the government to be able to sell there, I don’t think they will reach out to every affected owner in China. This is to look like Apple cares about your privacy from Governments, but is only reaching out to those who have been targeted by a government that overstepped its deal with Apple
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