Apple Issues Spyware Alert to iPhone Users Worldwide

Written by Henrik Rothen

Apr.13 - 2024 10:58 AM CET

As spyware threats surge, Apple has taken a decisive step to alert iPhone users in 92 countries about potential remote attacks. What does this mean for you?

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Apple is sounding the alarm to iPhone users across 92 countries, signaling a potential spyware intrusion targeting their devices.

The tech giant, known for its robust security measures, is intensifying its efforts to protect its user base from sophisticated digital threats.

An Unexpected Message Could Mean Danger

Reports from TechCrunch highlight that the warnings are being disseminated through emails and iMessage notifications linked to users' Apple IDs. The alert reads,

"Apple has detected that you are being targeted by a spyware attack attempting to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID."

From 'State-Sponsored' to 'Spyware Attacks'

Apple has previously characterized such incursions as "state-sponsored" attacks. However, the wording has shifted towards a more generalized "spyware attacks," indicating a broader scope of potential threats.

"We cannot provide more information about what triggered this alert as it might help attackers modify their tactics to avoid detection in the future. Please take it seriously," the message advises.

What Should You Do?

For those receiving this alert, Apple suggests considering the activation of the 'Lockdown Mode'—a high-security feature available on iPhones, iPads, and Macs running iOS 16, iPadOS 16.1, or macOS 13 or newer.

This mode should only be activated if one suspects they are the target of an advanced cyber-attack, potentially from private companies developing state-backed spyware.

Understanding 'Lockdown Mode'

Activating Lockdown Mode changes how devices operate.

"When a device is put into Lockdown Mode, it does not function normally. Apps, websites, and features are significantly restricted to enhance security, and some functionalities are unavailable," states Apple on its website.

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