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Apple sent a threatening alert to victims of national hackers in Thailand, El Salvador and Uganda hours after suing Israeli spyware maker NSO Group.

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According to Reuters, Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Sarinee Achananuntakul, a researcher, and Yingcheep Atchanont, a Thai activist from the legal surveillance group iLaw. At least six of Thai activists and researchers who are critical of the government, such as Mr. Achanon, have been notified. Citizen Lab, which tracks illegal hacking and surveillance, confirmed in 2018 that Pegasus spyware operators were active in Thailand.

According to Apple, the alert was intended to inform and assist users who may be targeted by national attackers, and was also sent to multiple users in El Salvador. These include 12 employees of the online digital newspaper El Faro, which is famous for its criticism of the government, two leaders of civil society groups, and two opposition politicians.

Ugandan Democratic Party leader Norbert Mao has also been notified of the threat.Twitter(Twitter) states.

An alert from Apple warns: “Apple believes that you are being targeted by state-backed attackers and they are trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID. May be targeted individually, depending on who you are or your profession. If your device is compromised by a state-engaged attacker, it’s also remote to sensitive data, communications, and even cameras and microphones. It may be accessed by operation. This may be a false alarm, but please take this warning seriously. “

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Apple sued NSO Group on November 23, seeking a permanent injunction to prevent the latter, a spyware maker, from using any Apple products. This makes it more difficult for NSO Group to find and exploit vulnerabilities in iPhone software and hack targets.

Today‘s move is a clear message. In a free society, it is unacceptable to use powerful state-sponsored spyware as a weapon for those who seek to make the world a better place.” , Apple Security Chief Ivan Krstić said. “Apple has one of the most sophisticated security engineering operations in the world and will continue to work tirelessly to protect users from malicious national actors like NSO Group.”

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