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Apple sues NSO Group. (world No.1 spyware firm).

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Apple sues NSO Group to curb the abuse of state-sponsored spyware

Apple also announced a $10 million contribution to support cyber surveillance researchers and advocates

Apple today filed a lawsuit against NSO Group and its parent company to hold it accountable for the surveillance and targeting of Apple users.

The complaint provides new information on how NSO Group infected victims’ devices with its Pegasus spyware. To prevent further abuse and harm to its users, Apple is also seeking a permanent injunction to ban NSO Group from using any Apple software, services, or devices.

NSO Group creates sophisticated, state-sponsored surveillance technology that allows its highly targeted spyware to surveil its victims.

These attacks are only aimed at a very small number of users, and they impact people across multiple platforms, including iOS and Android.

Researchers and journalists have publicly documented the history of this spyware being abused to target journalists, activists, dissidents, academics, and government officials.

“State-sponsored actors like the NSO Group spend millions of dollars on sophisticated surveillance technologies without effective accountability.

That needs to change,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

“Apple devices are the most secure consumer hardware on the market — but private companies developing state-sponsored spyware have become even more dangerous.

While these cybersecurity threats only impact a very small number of our customers, we take any attack on our users very seriously, and we’re constantly working to strengthen the security and privacy protections in iOS to keep all our users safe.”

NSO Group’s FORCED ENTRY Exploit.

Apple’s legal complaint provides new information on NSO Group’s FORCED ENTRY, an exploit for a now-patched vulnerability previously used to break into a victim’s Apple device and install the latest version of NSO Group’s spyware product, Pegasus.

The exploit was originally identified by the Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto.

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The spyware was used to attack a small number of Apple users worldwide with dangerous malware and spyware. Apple’s lawsuit seeks to ban NSO Group from further harming individuals by using Apple’s products and services. The lawsuit also seeks redress for NSO Group’s flagrant violations of US federal and state law, arising out of its efforts to target and attack Apple and its users.

NSO Group and its clients devote the immense resources and capabilities of nation-states to conduct highly targeted cyberattacks, allowing them to access the microphone, camera, and other sensitive data on Apple and Android devices.

To deliver FORCED ENTRY to Apple devices, attackers created Apple IDs to send malicious data to a victim’s device — allowing NSO Group or its clients to deliver and install Pegasus spyware without a victim’s knowledge.

Though misused to deliver FORCED ENTRY, Apple servers were not hacked or compromised in the attacks.

Apple makes the most secure mobile devices on the market and constantly invests in strengthening privacy and security protections for its users.

For example, researchers have found that other mobile platforms have 15 times more malware infections than iPhone, and a recent study showed that less than 2 percent of mobile malware targets iOS devices.

iOS 15 includes a number of new security protections, including significant upgrades to the BlastDoor security mechanism.

While NSO Group spyware continues to evolve, Apple has not observed any evidence of successful remote attacks against devices running iOS 15 and later versions.

Apple urges all users to update their iPhones and always use the latest software.

“At Apple, we are always working to defend our users against even the most complex cyberattacks. The steps we’re taking today will send a clear message:

In a free society, it is unacceptable to weaponize powerful state-sponsored spyware against those who seek to make the world a better place,” said Ivan Krstić, head of Apple Security Engineering and Architecture.

“Our threat intelligence and engineering teams work around the clock to analyze new threats, rapidly patch vulnerabilities, and develop industry-leading new protections in our software and silicon.

Apple runs one of the most sophisticated security engineering operations in the world, and we will continue to work tirelessly to protect our users from abusive state-sponsored actors like NSO Group.”

Apple’s Continuing Efforts to Protect Its Users.

Apple commends groups like the Citizen Lab and Amnesty Tech for their groundbreaking work to identify cyber-surveillance abuses and help protect victims.

To further strengthen efforts like these, Apple will be contributing $10 million, as well as any damages from the lawsuit, to organizations pursuing cyber-surveillance research and advocacy.

Apple will also support the accomplished researchers at the Citizen Lab with pro-bono technical, threat intelligence, and engineering assistance to aid their independent research mission, and where appropriate, will offer the same assistance to other organizations doing critical work in this space.

“Mercenary spyware firms like NSO Group have facilitated some of the world’s worst human rights abuses and acts of transnational repression while enriching themselves and their investors,” said Ron Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. “I applaud Apple for holding them accountable for their abuses, and hope in doing so Apple will help to bring justice to all who have been victimized by NSO Group’s reckless behavior.”

Apple is notifying the small number of users that it discovered may have been targeted by FORCED ENTRY.

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Any time Apple discovers activity consistent with a state-sponsored spyware attack, Apple will notify the affected users in accordance with industry best practices.

Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right, and security is a constant focus for teams across the company.

For years, Apple has led the industry with new protections to disrupt sophisticated attacks and defend its users, including features such as pointer authentication codes (PAC), BlastDoor, and the Page Protection Layer (PPL). For more information about Apple’s platform security, visit support.apple.com/guide/security/welcome/web.

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iOS 16  is  Compatible with only these devices.

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Apple annual hardware and software event is around the corner. As expected new hardware device and software update will be announced. 

The software announcements is expected to feature the following software updates from the iOS, watchOS, ipadOS and macOS.  The iOS 16 updates come with some unique and easy customizable features to user in the apple ecosystem. Despite all this, not all devices will receive such updates. 

Usually these upgrade in software also requires certain kind of hardware to bring its full feature functionality to the users. And in times like this, the old devices are sacrifice to outdoor the future updates of the software. Apple in particular is known for providing a longer software support for its devices. For instance the iPhone 5s received software support for for six years before finally given up the ghost. iPhone 6s and 6s plus users has also enjoyed a longer software support on these devices from iOS 9 til iOS 15.

Can iPhone 7 Get iOS 16?

Before apple annual WWDC event ,  most users anticipated that Apple will drop support for the iPhone 6s and 6s plus models and probably give the iPhone 7 and 7plus an additional one year software support update, unfortunately the opposite has just happened as apple has dropped support for the iPhone 6s ,iPhone6s plus, iPhone7 and iPhone 7plus models.

The iPhone 7 and 7plus model is still a great device. It uses  Apple A10 Fusion 64-bit system-on-chip, which consists of two low-power cores and two high-power cores (only two cores are used at any point in time). 

The A10 chip also features a hexa-core graphics chip capable of “console-level gaming. 

The same chip is featured in the sixth generation iPad, seventh generation iPad, and seventh generation iPod Touch.

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iOS 16 is compatible with these devices.

What iPhones can get iOS 16?

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

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Will Your iPhone Receive iOS 16 update? check the requirement.

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Apple usual annual Developers Conference (WWDC22) has just ended and the annual software preview has been launched. The event was overhauled with software updates from the iOS, watchOS, ipadOS to macOS. These upgrade in software also requires certain kind of hardware to bring its full feature functionality to the users. And in times like this, the old devices are sacrifice to outdoor the future updates of the software. Apple in particular is know for providing a longer software support for it devices. for instance the iPhone 5s received software support for for six years before finally given up the ghost. iPhone 6s and 6s plus users has also enjoyed a longer software support on these devices.

With the released of iOS16 most users anticipated that Apple will drop support for the iPhone 6s and 6s plus models and probably give the iPhone 7 and 7plus an additional one year software support update, unfortunately the opposite has just happened as apple has dropped support for the iPhone 6 ,iPhone6s plus, iPhone7 and iPhone 7plus models.

below are the iPhone models that will receive ios 16 software updates.

iOS 16 is compatible with these devices.

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

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Gift Card Scams: How to prevent apple Gift Card Scams.

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Gift Card Scams: Be aware of scams involving Apple Gift Cards, App Store & iTunes Gift Cards, and Apple Store Gift Cards.

A string of scams are taking place asking people to make payments over the phone for things such as taxes, hospital bills, bail money, debt collection, and utility bills. The scams are committed using many methods, including gift cards. As the fraudsters are sometimes requesting codes from Apple Gift Cards, App Store & iTunes Gift Cards, or Apple Store Gift Cards, we want to make sure our customers are aware of these scams.

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Regardless of the reason for payment, the scam follows a certain formula: The victim receives a call instilling panic and urgency to make a payment by purchasing Apple Gift Cards, App Store & iTunes Gift Cards, or Apple Store Gift Cards from the nearest retailer (convenience store, electronics retailer, etc.).

After the cards have been purchased, the victim is asked to pay by sharing the code(s) on the back of the card with the caller over the phone.

Where can I use Apple Gift Card?

It’s important to know that Apple Gift Cards and App Store & iTunes Gift Cards can be used only to purchase goods and services from Apple. Services from Apple Retail Stores, apple.com, the App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Books, subscriptions to Apple Music, Apple News+, and Apple Arcade, or for iCloud storage.

Apple Store Gift Cards can be redeemed only on the Apple Online Store and at Apple Retail Stores.

If you’re approached to use the cards for any other payment, you could very likely be the target of a scam and should immediately report it to your local police department as well as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at reportfraud.ftc.gov.

Tips to avoid becoming the victim of a Gift Card Scams.

  • Do not make payment with an Apple Gift Card, App Store & iTunes Gift Card, or Apple Store Gift Card if you are NOT purchasing an item from Apple — such as from the Apple Store, iTunes Store, App Store, Apple Books, or for an Apple Music subscription or iCloud storage. There’s no other instance in which you’ll be asked to make a payment with either of these gift cards on a non apple platform.
  • Do not provide the numbers on the back of the gift card to anyone that you don’t know. please note that Once those numbers are provided to the scammers, the funds on the card will likely be spent before you are able to contact Apple or law enforcement.
  • Immediately report potential scams to your local police department as well as the FTC
  • (reportfraud.ftc.gov).
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Contact Apple

If you believe you’re the victim of a scam involving Apple Gift Cards, App Store & iTunes Gift Cards, or Apple Store Gift Cards, you can call Apple at 800-275-2273 (U.S.) or contact Apple Support online and say “gift cards” when prompted.

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