Dark
Light
Today: June 17, 2024
April 11, 2024
1 min read

Apple warns iPhone users of mercenary spyware threats

A widespread and highly sophisticated cyberattack has rattled iPhone users across 92 countries, including India, as reported by Reuters.

Apple, the parent company, has issued a stern warning to targeted users via email, alerting them of the peril of potential remote compromises to their iPhones. On Wednesday, Apple updated its guidance regarding these instances of deeply intricate device infiltration.

Dubbed as “mercenary attacks,” these assaults do not primarily target ordinary users to pilfer bank account details or personal information. In fact, everyday individuals are rarely, if ever, the focus.

Instead, the crosshairs are aimed at a select few high-profile individuals, chosen likely for their prominence or roles. These individuals typically encompass politicians, diplomats, journalists, and activists, as outlined by Apple.

Describing the severity of the situation, Apple highlighted in its updated guidance that the extreme sophistication, cost, and global reach of these mercenary spyware attacks elevate them to being among the most advanced digital threats today.

Such attacks are markedly more intricate than conventional cybercriminal activities and consumer-grade malware, as the perpetrators behind mercenary spyware allocate exceptional resources to target a minuscule number of specific individuals and their devices.

While the latest warning refrains from explicitly mentioning “state-sponsored” attacks—following previous controversies with the Indian government and opposition leaders—Apple still indicates that these assaults “have historically been associated with state actors,” sometimes utilizing proxies on behalf of a nation.

Since 2021, users across at least 150 nations have been cautioned by Apple that their devices might have fallen victim to these “exceptionally well-funded” attacks, which have continuously evolved and improved over time.

In the event of an impact, users will receive a “Threat Notification” prominently displayed at the top of an Apple webpage after signing in with their Apple ID via appleid.apple.com. Additionally, Apple will dispatch both an email and an iMessage notification to the user’s associated phone number and email address.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Previous Story

JAMB notification slip is ready; see how to print it

Next Story

Ogun 2023: I lost because I rejected violence, blood-spilling – Adebutu

Latest from Blog

NLC, TUC picket IBEDC in Ogun

Members of the organized labour in Ogun State on Monday protested against the federal government’s elimination of power industry subsidies and hike in electricity

Ogun CJ frees 3 inmates

As part of its efforts to decongest correctional facilities across the Ogun state, the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has granted amnesty to

Two killed in Ogun cult clash

Two persons have been reportedly killed on Sunday in a cult clash in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital. The victims, allegedly members of the Eiye

Ogun evacuates, rehabilitates destitute

The Ogun State government has begun evacuation and rehabilitation of destitute with mental disorders who constitute environmental nuisance to communities across the state. Hon.

Pelican valley lights up Ogun communities

Pelican Valley estate has installed industrial solar lights in over ten neighboring communities in Ogun state. The community includes Kobape, Egbeda, Galatia, Masha, Mosunmore,

Ogun  IPAC gets new chairman

Comrade Sanyaolu Abayomi of Action Alliance ( AA) has emerged as the newly elected Chairman of  Inter-Party Advisory Council ( IPAC) in Ogun State.  The

OGHA passes N703.02Bn 2024 budget

The Ogun State House of Assembly has on Thursday passed N703,028,013,431.64 as the Year 2024 Appropriation bill. The bills which was earlier presented to

Ogun set to distribute 5000 CofO

The Ogun state government will distribute 5000 Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) to beneficiaries on Friday, December 1 2023. According to a statement
Go toTop

Don't Miss

Apple removes WhatsApp, Threads from China App Store per Beijing’s orders

An Apple spokesperson stated, "We are obligated to follow the

Apple opens App Store to game streaming

In a blog post, Apple highlighted that developers can now