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Apple warns users in 92 countries of mercenary attacks in new warning

Apple sent threat notifications to iPhone users in 92 countries on Wednesday, warning that they may have been the target of a hired spyware attack.

The company sent the alert to individuals in 92 countries at 12 noon Pacific time on Wednesday. The iPhone maker has been sending these notifications multiple times a year since 2021 and has sent notifications to users in more than 150 countries, the iPhone maker wrote in an updated support page.

Apple previously described the attackers as “state-sponsored,” but has replaced all such references with “spyware-for-hire attacks.” “Spyware-for-hire attacks are well funded and have evolved over time,” the company writes on its support page.

Apple said it relies solely on “internal threat intelligence information and investigations to detect such attacks.” It added: “While our investigations can never achieve absolute certainty, Apple threat notifications are high-confidence alerts that users have been individually targeted by mercenary spyware attacks and should be taken very seriously.”

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