here’s when and to whom the company will send urgent notifications about spying on iPhones

Apple will send urgent notifications to people who have been attacked by hackers backed by states.

A feature called “Apple Threat Notifications” will tell users that they have been hacked and give them advice on what steps to take.

Such alerts will arrive as an email and iMessage notification to email addresses and phone numbers associated with Apple ID users. Users will also see them at the top of the page when they log in to Apple’s website.

State-sponsored hacker attacks are usually much more sophisticated than those carried out by ordinary cybercriminals. This can make them much harder to spot. It also means that they are usually used against vulnerable or important targets that are of interest to states ordering such attacks.

Apple notes that potential recipients of the notification are a very limited group of people, who may already know that they are in danger of such attacks. “These customers are individually targeted because of who they are or what they do,” the company said in a statement support pages.

“Unlike traditional cybercriminals, state-sponsored attackers use extraordinary resources to target a very small number of certain individuals and their devices, making these attacks much more difficult to detect and prevent. State-sponsored attacks are very complex, costing millions of dollars to develop and often short-lived. The vast majority of users will never be the target of such attacks. “

Apple says that the complexity of the hacker attacks from which it wants to protect people means that it will sometimes send false alarms, and also that it will not be able to send notifications about every attack. The company also says it will not be able to provide detailed information on why it sent threat notifications, so as not to help attackers adjust their behavior and avoid detection in the future.

“Apple threat notifications will never ask you to click on links, open files, install applications or profiles, or enter a password for an Apple ID or verification code sent via email or phone,” the company said.

To verify that Apple’s threat notification is genuine, sign in at If Apple sent you a threat notification, it will be clearly visible at the top of the page after you sign up.

On the support page where the new feature has been announced, all users are advised to protect themselves from attacks of all kinds. This includes updating the device because it downloads the latest security updates, password protection of the device, using a strong password and two-factor authentication, installing only secure applications from the App Store, using strong and unique passwords for all online accounts, but also that users avoid open links or attachments if they were not sent by a trusted person.

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