Apple Warns Thai Activists They Are Targets “State Sponsored Attackers”

Many activists are calling for reform of the monarchy in Thailand, among whom at least 17 have received a warning from Apple. An alert is a warning that a government-sponsored attacker may have compromised a device.

A warning was sent to prominent activists Panusai Sichijiravattanakul, Anon Nampa and Anon’s Facebook page administrator, among others. Diechthorn Bamrungmuang, aka Hockhackerm of Rap Against Dictatorship, posted on Facebook that he was among the people receiving warnings from Apple. The message read:

“Apple believes you have been targeted by government-sponsored attackers. These attackers are likely targeting you individually because of who you are and what you do. If your device is compromised by a government-sponsored attacker, they can remotely access your sensitive data, messages, or even your camera and microphone. While it is possible that this is a false alarm, please take this warning seriously. “

Other activists, including Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist at Tammasat University; Poyang Tong Pavakapan, a political scientist at Chulalongkorn University; Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, opposition figure and general secretary of the Progressive Movement; and Inchep Atchanont of legal rights nonprofit iLaw also received similar warnings.

Thousands of activists are calling for reform of Thailand’s centuries-old monarchy. Some laws, such as Law 112, criminalize criticism of the Thai monarchy with up to 15 years in prison. Recently, a Thai court ruled that demands to reform the monarchy were illegal, and protests erupted across the country.

While there is no exact number of people Apple has contacted, at least 17 of them have posted this warning on social media. A couple of days ago, Apple also announced that it had filed a lawsuit against the NSO Group over its Pegasus software, which was used to attack “a small number of Apple users around the world with malware and spyware.”

Source: The Guardian