The Pegasus attacks are the biggest iPhone hacks and lasted for five years.

Pegasus attacks have been on for a while now. The hack was calledPegasus and went undetected for five years. It was developed by Israeli cyber arms firm NSO Group in 2016 and sold to the highest bidder, which included governments and nation-states. Now Apple is fronting up to the damage Pegasus has done. It is suing NSO and has now confirmed it will send warnings to hacked individuals.

“Apple threat notifications are designed to inform and assist users who may have been targeted by state-sponsored attackers,” explained the company in an official statement. It also spelled out how users will be notified:

  • A Threat Notification is displayed at the top of the page after the user signs into
  • Apple sends an email and iMessage notification to the email addresses and phone numbers associated with the user’s Apple ID.

Apple does warn that the system will not be perfect:

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“State-sponsored attackers are very well-funded and sophisticated, and their attacks evolve over time. Detecting such attacks relies on threat intelligence signals that are often imperfect and incomplete. It’s possible that some Apple threat notifications may be false alarms, or that some attacks are not detected. We are unable to provide information about what causes us to issue threat notifications, as that may help state-sponsored attackers adapt their behavior to evade detection in the future.”

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To Apple’s credit, the company is now taking a lot of proactive actions. That said, it continues to court controversy with plans for invasive (and flaweddevice scanning in iOS 15, iPad OS 15, and macOS Monterey, technology which would open up a treasure trove of information to any group that successfully manages to hack Apple’s defenses. 

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While targets of the Pegasus hacks are largely believed to be very specific individuals in different countries of the world, at this stage it is impossible though, given the timescale involved — to know how far and wide these governments and state-sponsored attacks have spread. 

Just as NSO did successfully and unknowingly to Apple and its devices for the last five years.

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