Apple officially announced yesterday that the company had filed a lawsuit against the NSO Group, maker of Pegasus software that was used to spy on smartphones, tablets and computers, including those manufactured by the Cupertino-based company.
Apple officially blames NSO Group for iPhone cyberattacks
Pegasus is not only a retro game console, but also the name of one of the most advanced electronic surveillance tools.
Pegasus spyware, developed and sold by the Israeli company NSO Group, is used in more than 50 countries, most likely also in Poland.
Pegasus allows the CCTV operator to gain access to virtually all of the device’s functions and all the data stored on it. In the case of a smartphone or tablet, this, among other things, access to phone calls, SMS messages, messages in communicators (even encrypted) and social networks, location data, photos, the ability to activate a microphone or camera.
Yesterday Apple officially announced on its website that it has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer Pegasus for attacks on iOS devices.
Here’s what Greg Federighi, Apple’s vice president of software development, commented:
Apple devices are the most secure consumer equipment on the market, but private, government-sponsored spyware companies are becoming more dangerous.
While these cybersecurity threats only affect a very small number of our customers, we take every attack against our users very seriously and continually work to strengthen the security and privacy of iOS to ensure the safety of all of our users.
At the same time, Apple guarantees that cyberattacks using Pegasus will only affect devices such as iPhones and iPads, but there have been no reports of any attempts to hack with NSO Group software on Apple’s servers.
The Cupertino-based company also strongly emphasizes that the latest iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 have received many security enhancements, and so far no effective Pegasus attacks have been seen on these operating systems.