This is the sequel to the California giant’s offensive against the NSO group, which signs the controversial spyware Pegasus. Apple filed a lawsuit in mid-November against the Israeli group, which defends itself by claiming to sell its tools only to governments and security agencies.
These people are targeted precisely because of who they are or what they do, Apple said in a support document, referring to journalists and activists, among others, who have fallen victim to the Pegasus software.
The U.S. company said that once spyware was detected on a branded device, it would send a text message through the iMessage app, an on-device notification, in addition to an email, the everything to inform the user of the situation.
Unlike traditional hackers, state-sponsored hackers have exceptional resources to target a very small number of specific individuals and their devices, making these attacks much more difficult to detect and prevent., Apple pointed out in its support document.
Apple specifies that this new alert function is not an end in itself and advises to pursue good digital hygiene in a few steps:
- Update devices with the latest software, as they contain the most recent security fixes.
- Protect your devices with an access code.
- Use two-factor authentication and a strong password for Apple ID.
- Install the apps from the App Store.
- Use strong and unique passwords online.
- Do not click on links or attachments from unknown addresses.