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The iPhone notification you definitely don’t want to receive

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The iPhone notification you definitely don’t want to receive

Apple sends warnings several times a year to users who are the target of spy software. Matt Cardy

Apple has reportedly notified some iPhone users in 92 countries that they have been affected by spyware.

The alerts go to people Apple believes may be affected by spyware, such as politicians, activists and journalists.

Apple recommends contacting third-party experts for “tailored security advice” when you receive the notification.

This is a machine translation of an article from our US colleagues at Business Insider. It was automatically translated and checked by a real editor.

There’s a warning you really don’t want on your iPhone.

It’s a warning that your phone may be the target of a spy attack – and that you are the reason why. Some iPhone users in 92 countries received warnings on Wednesday, reported “TechCrunch.” Apple has sent similar notifications in the past.

“Apple has determined that you are the target of an espionage attack that attempts to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID,” the notification said, according to TechCrunch.

“This attack is likely specifically targeting you because of who you are or what you do. While it is never possible to achieve absolute confidence in detecting such attacks, Apple has great confidence in this warning – please take it seriously.”

The most common targets are journalists, activists, politicians and diplomats

According to his, Apple shares Support page It doesn’t say what exactly triggers threat alerts or how those threats are detected, as this “could help mercenary spyware attackers adapt their behavior to evade detection in the future.”

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Because the alerts were sent out at the same time, it is not clear exactly when the possible attacks on different users occurred. Apple notes that it sends threat notifications “several times a year.”

The tech giant says it has notified users in over 150 countries of potential spyware attacks since 2021. The most common targets are journalists, activists, politicians, diplomats and other influential people.

If you receive Apple’s spyware notification, there aren’t many recommended options. However, Apple strongly recommends contacting third-party experts, such as the non-profit organization Digital Security Helpline.

“External organizations have no information about what caused Apple to send a threat notification, but they can help affected users with tailored security advice,” Apple said.

Apple has also warned of state hacker attacks in the past

Last year, several independent Russian media outlets made headlines after Apple warned that they Target of a “state-sponsored” espionage attack are – reportedly a Russian government program with the ability to hack iPhones using NSO Group’s Pegasus “zero click” spyware, which can be sent via iMessage.

Apple appears to have dropped the warning about “state-sponsored” attacks in this latest wave of notifications, although the company notes that “individually targeted attacks of such extraordinary cost and complexity have been linked to state actors in the past, including private ones.” Companies that develop spy software for mercenaries on their behalf.”

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment before publication.

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