Apple warns Thai activists about iPhone hacks – Enterprise Insurance
(Reuters) – Apple Inc. on Wednesday issued alerts to at least six Thai activists and researchers who were critical of the government, warning that their iPhones have been attacked by "government sponsored attackers", according to the activists, and the warnings have been reviewed by Reuters .
Apple and the Thai Digital Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist at Thammasat University in Bangkok, said he had received two emails from Apple believing his iPhone and iCloud accounts had been attacked, along with a "threat notification" on his Apple -Account.
Researcher Sarinee Achananuntakul and Thai activist Yingcheep Atchanont from legal watchdog group iLaw said they received similar emails while a rapper, political activist and anti-government politician separately posted screenshots of the same email on their social media accounts.
All are perceived as critical of the Thai government.
The reports warned: "If your device is compromised by a government sponsored attacker, they may be able to remotely access your sensitive data, communications or even the camera and microphone."
Apple on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Israeli cyber firm NSO Group and its parent company OSY Technologies for allegedly monitoring and targeting US Apple users with their Pegasus spyware.
In a statement on Tuesday, Apple said the NSO group had developed "government-sponsored surveillance technology" aimed at "a very small number of users."
It wasn't immediately clear in Apple's warnings on Wednesday whether the company believed Pegasus was targeting Thais.