Apple has notified several U.S. State Department officials that their devices are infected with a spyware that was developed by Israel’s NSO Group, as Reuters and The Washington Post reported.According to media reports, which cite their own sources, the infection affected iPhone 9 – 11 of the employees of the US Embassy stationed in Uganda. Below you can see what the warnings received by the victims looked like.
Reuters reports that all devices were registered with overseas numbers, but that they were clearly US government-owned, as all of the victims were using Apple IDs associated with email addresses ending in state.gov.
Representatives of the NSO Group assure that after the publication of the media, they immediately blocked the access of the offending client to their platform and are now studying the incident.
Let me remind you that last month Apple filed a lawsuit against the NSO Group, which is behind the development of the famous spy platform Pegasus, capable of compromising even the most secure and modern iPhones.
Let me remind you that we also reported that Facebook sues NSO Group spyware maker due to exploitation of WhatsApp vulnerability.
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