Lockdown Mode [confinement]is a
extreme protection, optional, for the very small number of users whose digital security is seriously threatenedApple said in a statement on Wednesday.
It’s about people
who can be targeted by ultra-sophisticated attacks, carried out thanks to the programs of NSO Group and other mercenary companies which develop spyware on behalf of governmentsdetails the Californian giant.
In September, Apple had to urgently repair a computer vulnerability that the Pegasus software, from the Israeli firm NSO Group, was able to exploit to infect iPhones, without their owners even having to click on trapped links or buttons. , using a process called
A bounty for hackers
The new option will completely secure many device services and content, including attachments. It will no longer be possible to connect a computer to an iPhone if it is locked.
Apple has also expanded its cybersecurity research program. The group will offer a new bounty – up to US$2 million – to hackers who report vulnerabilities in Lockdown Mode to it.
A year ago, an international media collective revealed that Pegasus had made it possible to spy on the numbers of journalists, politicians, activists or business leaders from different countries, including French President Emmanuel Macron.
NSO Group has repeatedly assured that its technologies allow states to save lives, by tracking pedophiles and terrorists, for example.
But Apple, which has built its success in particular on its excellent reputation for security and respect for privacy, filed a complaint against the Israeli company in November.
She accuses him of being responsible for the
malicious activities part of its clientele, including governments.
They are amoral mercenaries of the 21e century that created ultra-sophisticated cyber-surveillance machines, inciting blatant and routine abuseshad indicated the lawyers of the American group in the complaint.
Two weeks ago, Google exposed Italian spyware that was used to hack into smart phones to spy on people in Italy and Kazakhstan.
These companies facilitate the proliferation of dangerous hacking tools and arm governments that would otherwise not be able to develop these skills.said the technology giant.