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Apple warns of covert attacks on global iPhone users, including India: How to protect your device

In a recent development, Apple has issued a widespread notification to iPhone users worldwide regarding a concerning wave of sophisticated spyware attacks. The alert, extended to users across 98 countries, including India, underscores the severity of these targeted assaults aimed at gaining remote access to users’ devices.

Citing similarities to the notorious Pegasus spyware developed by the NSO Group, Apple has classified these attacks as highly advanced and rare, requiring substantial financial investment by perpetrators. These operations, which focus on a select number of individuals globally, are designed to operate covertly and evade detection.

The latest communication from Apple warns affected iPhone users of the ongoing nature and expansive reach of these attacks. Previously, the Cert-In identified weaknesses in Apple’s operating systems, specifically in key offerings such as the Safari web browser.

 Cert-In flagged potential risks associated with older versions of Safari and iOS, which could potentially allow malicious actors to execute unauthorized code on targeted devices.

Unlike conventional cyber threats, these incidents represent a new frontier in digital espionage, where well-funded adversaries meticulously target a few high-profile individuals. Apple has emphasized the exorbitant costs associated with such attacks, which are specifically crafted to remain undetected by traditional security measures.

To mitigate the risk of falling victim to spyware attacks, Apple recommends the following precautions:

  1. Exercise caution with downloads and attachments, ensuring they originate from trusted sources.
  2. Deploy robust security software with anti-spyware and anti-malware capabilities, and maintain up-to-date systems.
  3. Adopt safe browsing practices and avoid interacting with suspicious links or pop-up advertisements.
  4. Regularly update operating systems and software applications to benefit from the latest security patches.
  5. Practice discretion when sharing personal information online, especially when connected to public Wi-Fi networks.

By adhering to these guidelines, users can significantly bolster their defenses against evolving spyware threats. Apple urges vigilance and proactive security measures to safeguard digital devices and personal data in an increasingly interconnected world.


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Published: 11 Jul 2024, 05:31 PM IST

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