Apple alerts journalists, activists about state-sponsored hacking attempts after NSO Group suit

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Nov 24, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP

On the same day Apple announced a lawsuit against Israeli spyware vendor NSO Group for developing hacking tools to help breach iOS technology, the company was notifying potential targets of those exploits.

El Faro, a news organization in San Salvador, El Salvador, reported late Tuesday that 12 of its staff members received notices from the company, which warned that that “Apple believes you are being targeted by state-sponsored attackers who are trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID.” The company also sent notices to four others in San Salvador who are “leaders of Civil Society organizations and opposition political parties,” the news organization reported.

Notices were also sent to six Thai activists and researchers critical of the government there, Reuters reported.

NSO Group develops software designed to allow access to target devices through various bugs in Apple’s technology. A company spokesperson told CyberScoop Tuesday that its work is to “provide governments the lawful tools” to fight crime. Any abuses of its software will be investigated, the company claims, though repeated stories over several years paint a picture of the software being used by authoritarian governments to

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