The company notes that it will not disclose the characteristic signs of surveillance of users; as otherwise, it will allow hackers to adapt to the system of protection of its products.
“Threat alerts are designed to inform and help users who may have been targeted by hacker groups acting on the instructions of governments. These users become the target [of cyber-attacks] because of who they are and what they do. Unlike ordinary cyber criminals, state-sponsored attackers can have huge resources, and their target is a small but specific group of people,” the company said in a statement. Additionally, it is indicated that most customers will not face such a danger.
The company notes that it will not disclose the characteristic signs of surveillance of users, based on which it will notify them since this will enable hackers to adapt to the protection system of its products. According to Apple, such groups have high skill and substantial funding. They admit that some of the alerts may be false, and some cyberattacks may go unnoticed.
According to Reuters, on Wednesday Apple sent out similar alerts to political activists in Thailand who were known for their critical attitude towards the government. Reports of a possible hack were received by journalists in El Salvador, politicians in Uganda, the TechCrunch portal writes.