Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered a keynote speech at the 2020 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) held at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California.
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Apple has sued NSO Group, an Israeli company that sells software to government agencies and law enforcement agencies, allowing them to crack the iPhone and read the data, including messages and other communications.
Earlier this year, Amnesty International stated that it had discovered the latest iPhone models belonging to journalists and human rights lawyers that had been infected with NSO Group malware.
Apple said in a statement on Tuesday that these attacks are only targeted at a small number of customers, and said on Tuesday that it will notify iPhone users that the software may have become a target of the software, which it calls FORCEDENTRY.
Apple said on Tuesday that it has patched a flaw that allows NSO Group software to access private data on the iPhone through a “zero-click” attack, in which the malware is delivered via SMS. Apple is seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting NSO Group from using Apple software, services or equipment.
“In order to provide FORCEDENTRY to Apple devices, the attacker created an Apple ID to send malicious data to the victim’s device-allowing NSO Group or its customers to provide and install Pegasus spyware without the victim’s knowledge,” Apple said Said in its announcement. “Despite being abused to provide FORCEDENTRY, Apple servers were not hacked or compromised in the attack.”
Meta and Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp also sued NSO Group separately.
NSO Group could not be reached immediately for comment.
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