Jul 6, 2022

Apple launches Lockdown Mode to block spyware attacks on at-risk users

Apple has announced a new security feature to protect high-risk users from spyware cyber-attacks. Apple is currently suing Israeli spyware firm NSO Group, accusing it of targeting victims in 150 different countries with its powerful Pegasus spyware. Now the company is releasing Lockdown Mode as a wider security feature it claims can protect devices from all known spyware currently on the market. At launch, Lockdown Mode will be available to all users in the device settings, but Apple suggests it should only be activated if someone is a risk of what it calls "Mercenary spyware attacks" - for example a journalist or opposition leader in a repressive regime. "While the vast majority of users will never be victims of highly targeted cyber-attacks, we will work tirelessly to protect the small number of users who are," said Ivan Krstić, Apple's head of security engineering and architecture.

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