Apple Alerts Indian iPhone Users About Fresh Spyware Attacks

Apple has issued new warnings to iPhone users in India about potential “mercenary spyware attacks” that could remotely compromise their devices.

What Happened: Apple sent out threat notifications to users in India and 97 other countries on July 10, alerting them about sophisticated spyware attacks similar to those involving Pegasus from the NSO Group, according to media reports.

The tech behemoth noted that these attacks are “exceptionally rare” and “vastly more sophisticated than regular cybercriminal activity or consumer malware”.

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On the same day, Iltija Mufti, media adviser and daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, as well as Pushparaj Deshpande, founder of Samruddha Bharat Foundation, both reported receiving notifications from Apple about potential hacks on their phones.

Apple has been issuing such alerts to users in over 150 countries since 2021. The company informed the targeted iPhone users that these attacks are costly, sophisticated and globally targeted.

In October last year, several Indian lawmakers received similar notifications from Apple.

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