Apple sues NSO Group over spyware and iMessage exploits

Apple announces that it filed a lawsuit against NSO Group responsible for Pegasus software used to infiltrate iPhones of journalists and activists.

Apple also announced a $10 million contribution to support cybersurveillance researchers and advocates

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Apple claims that FORCEDENTRY exploit is currently fixed and only small number of people were affected by it. However, these were targeted attacks and, therefore, damage was significant.

iOS 15 includes a number of new security protections, including significant upgrades to the BlastDoor security mechanism. While NSO Group spyware continues to evolve, Apple has not observed any evidence of successful remote attacks against devices running iOS 15 and later versions. Apple urges all users to update their iPhone and always use the latest software.

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Apple also announced that it will notify users of ongoing attacks.

If Apple discovers activity consistent with a state-sponsored attack, we notify the targeted users in two ways:
- A Threat Notification is displayed at the top of the page after the user signs into
- Apple sends an email and iMessage notification to the email addresses and phone numbers associated with the user’s Apple ID.

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