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Apple will now tell you when your iPhone’s hacked

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Apple is now going to alert you if it suspects your iPhone has been hacked. This new change comes as the company put up a new support page detailing how this process will work the same day as they filed their lawsuit against Pegasus operator NSO group

Users will be notified of the suspected breach using a “threat notification”, which will show up on the Apple ID page, as well as an email and an iMessage notification to their registered email address and phone number. 

Earlier this week, Apple had moved the US District Court for the Northern District of California against NSO Group and its parent company OSY Technologies seeking damages and looking to ban NSO from using any Apple service, product or software in addition to several other demands and allegations. 

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Hack notifications?

There’s a caveat with these “threat notifications.” Apple states that the notifications are designed to “inform and assist users who may have been targeted by state-sponsored attackers.” The company believes that these attacks will never target the majority of users; they’re highly complex, cost quite a lot to develop and, more often than not, die out rather quickly. 

However, the iPhone maker also stresses that since these attacks are complex, well-funded, sophisticated and evolving, detecting them rely on threat intelligence signals that may not be reliable, causing some of these “threat notifications” to be false alarms or even go completely undetected.

The company has stated that they won’t be disclosing how they’re getting these threat intelligence signals or what causes them to issue these notifications, as that might end up helping attackers dodge these checks in the future. 

Lastly, they’ve also issued a list of precautions and safety practices for their customers to follow. The list includes

  • Updating to the latest software version available.
  • Passcode protecting devices.
  • Using two-factor authentication.
  • Installing apps only from the Apple App Store.
  • Not clicking on links or attachements sent by strangers.
  • Using strong and original passwords.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: