iPhone users in 92 countries get spyware attack warning from Apple

The message says the 'attack' could be targeting people based on 'who they are and what they do'


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Published: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 12:23 PM

Last updated: Fri 12 Apr 2024, 12:24 PM

Apple sent notifications to iPhone users in 92 countries, warning that they may have been the target of mercenary spyware attacks, TechCrunch reports.

"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 message read.

Apple's alert went on to share additional information about the incident.

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"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," the alert continued.

Apple explained that it couldn't provide any information about what prompted the message out of concern that additional information would help attackers avoid future detection. The company uses internal information and investigations to pinpoint attacks.


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