Apple Notifies Hacker Victims in Thailand, El Salvador, and Uganda.


Hacker Victims in Thailand, El Salvador, and Uganda Receive Apple Alerts.

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Just hours after filing a lawsuit against Israeli spyware maker NSO Group, Apple is said to have sent a threat notification alert to all victims of state-sponsored hackers in El Salvador, Thailand, and Uganda.

Apple Issues a Warning

According to Reuters, the notification was sent to at least six Thai activists and researchers who have been critical of the government, including Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist at Bangkok’s Thammasat University, Sarinee Achananuntakul, a researcher, and Yingcheep Atchanont, a Thai activist with the legal monitoring group iLaw.

According to TechCrunch, a Pegasus spyware operator active in Thailand was identified in 2018 by Citizen Lab, which tracks all illegal hacking and surveillance.

The alerts were also sent to other users in El Salvador, according to Apple. They were created to inform and assist users who may have been targeted by state-sponsored attackers.

Governments and law enforcement agencies are the biggest customers, according to Brinkwire News. NSO Group is one of several digital spy companies for hire.

Twelve employees of El Faro, an online digital newspaper known for its harsh criticism of the government, as well as two leaders of civil society organizations and two opposition politicians, are among those arrested.

On Twitter, Norbert Mao, the president of Uganda’s Democratic Party, confirmed that he had received an Apple threat notification.

Apple’s warning informs users that it believes state-sponsored attackers are attempting to remotely compromise iPhones associated with specific Apple IDs.

These attackers are specifically targeting users based on who they are and what they do.

If a state-sponsored attacker gains access to the device, they may be able to remotely access sensitive data, communications, and even the microphone and camera.

While it’s possible that the warning is a false alarm, Apple wants users to pay attention to it.

NSO Group is being sued by Apple.

On November 1st,

According to the BBC, Apple has filed a permanent injunction against Pegasus spyware maker NSO Group, preventing them from using any Apple products in their business.

This would make it more difficult for NSO Group to find and exploit flaws in iPhone software and hack targets.

Ivan Krstic, Apple’s security chief, stated that the actions taken today would send a clear message that weaponizing powerful state-sponsored spyware is not acceptable in a free society.

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