Apple starts sending warnings to users affected by Pegasus spyware

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Earlier this week, Apple filed a lawsuit against NSO Group, the developer of the Pegasus software. The software has received rave reviews from various technology companies and human rights groups over their misuse of spyware. Apple has now started sending notifications to Apple users who are victims of the software. The company has started sending warnings to users in Thailand, El Salvador and Uganda.

According to a TechCrunch report, about six Thai activists have already been notified of the spyware. Some El Salvador users are also reported to have received notifications.

Ugandan Democratic Party President Norbert Mao issued the statement. In a tweet, he said, “When you wake up to a threatening notification from @Apple that your iPhone is being targeted, you know that the cyber terrorism of state-sponsored cyber terrorists is real.”

The warning states that “you are being targeted by state-sponsored attackers who are trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID”.

“These attackers are probably targeting you individually because of who you are or what you do. If your device is compromised by a state-sponsored attacker, they may be able to remotely access your sensitive data, contacts, and even the camera and microphone. While this may be a false alarm, please take this warning seriously, “Apple reads the warning.

Apple has filed a lawsuit against NSO Group seeking a permanent ban on Israeli companies from using Apple software, services or devices.

Apple’s legal complaint provides new information about the NSO Group’s ForceSindry, an exploit for a now-patched vulnerability that was previously used to break into a victim’s Apple device and install the latest version of the NSO Group’s spyware product, Pegasus. The exploitation was originally identified by Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto.

Apple believes that the spyware was used to attack a small number of Apple users worldwide with malware and spyware. Apple’s lawsuit seeks to bar the NSO Group from using Apple products and services to further harm individuals. The lawsuit seeks redress for NSO Group’s violations of U.S. federal and state laws, arising out of attempts to target and attack Apple and its users.

NSO Group is facing legal action or criticism from Microsoft Corporation, Meta Platform Inc., Alphabet Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc.

The NSO, in its defense, claims that it only sells its equipment to the government and law enforcement agencies and has security measures in place to prevent abuse. The company claims that “thousands of lives” have been saved by using its equipment.

“Pedophiles and terrorists can operate freely in technically safe havens and we provide the government with legitimate tools to fight it. The NSO group will continue to support the truth, “the group’s spokesman was quoted as saying in a Reuters report.

Apple has started sending warnings to users affected by Pegasus spyware

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