Apple has begun warning Russian journalists that their iPhones are being attacked by Pegasus spyware.
The Pegasus tool is well-known software and is typically used by law enforcement agencies and governments to track people of interest, including journalists and activists. According to the latest report, Pegasus appears to be the malware of choice against Russian journalists.
The New York Times reported that Apple actively sent alerts to media workers and journalists at Russian news outlets, warning that they may have been targeted by “state-sponsored hackers.”
In the past, Apple sends notifications about state-sponsored attackers and has a dedicated page informing users what the malware is and how they can protect themselves. Despite public opinion about Pegasus and NSO Group’s involvement in the tool, it is still used primarily for surveillance purposes. The most recent case of malware used occurred in Armenia.