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  • Sachi Wani

Apple warns iPhone users in 98 countries of 'mercenary attack'

Apple has sent a message to iPhone users in at least 98 countries with a warning of potential mercenary spyware attacks – its second such notification this year.

The company has been sending such notifications since 2021, according to the support document on the company's website. The recent notification did not mention the attacker's identity or the country's location. 

"Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-," the company wrote in the warning to affected customers, according to Tech Crunch.


"This attack is likely targeting you specifically because of who you are or what you do. Although it’s never possible to achieve absolute certainty when detecting such attacks, Apple has high confidence in this warning please take it seriously," Apple added.


In October, the company issued a notification to journalists and politicians in India. Amnesty International later found the presence of Pegasus, a highly intrusive spyware developed by Israeli firm NSO Group, on the iPhones of prominent Indian journalists.


Since last year, Apple has called these incidents "mercenary spyware attacks" instead of calling them "state-sponsored" attacks.

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