Apple has disclosed the steps it has taken to notify consumers who have been the victims of state-sponsored cyber espionage( Pegasus victims). The Manufacturer stated in its announcement of the lawsuit against NSO Group that users who were targeted by FORCEDENTRY, the zero-day used to install Pegasus, would be notified
The Cupertino firm has now specified how users will be notified. After signing in, a warning that Apple has sent an email and a message to warn of a threat will appear on the user’s account page. These messages will be delivered to the Apple ID of the individual who has been targeted by the attack’s email address and phone number. These communications will not contain any links to click, no files to open, no software to install, and will not ask for the firm’s password or verification code,
The banner on the account page notifying them of notice will reassure wary consumers that Apple’s communications are genuinely from. Users will receive further recommendations on how to safeguard their devices as a result of these messages. Apple has offered emergency resources that can be utilized by consumers who have not been notified by Apple but believe a state-sponsored cyber-espionage assault is targeting them.
It advises all of its users to take several precautions to protect their accounts, whether or not they are at risk of being targeted by a government, including double authentication, using unique passwords, not clicking on links or attachments sent by strangers, and regularly updating their device to take advantage of the latest security patches.