Specialists of the laboratory Kaspersky ” revealed a targeted cyberattack on Apple devices manufactured by company employees, a spyware virus was found on dozens of smartphones.
This was announced on the company’s website by its head Evgeny Kaspersky.
“Our company’s experts have discovered an extremely complex, professional targeted cyberattack using Apple mobile devices. The purpose of the attack was the inconspicuous introduction of a spy module into the iPhone of the company’s employees, both top management and middle managers, ”he said.
It is specified that the attack is implemented using an invisible iMessage message with a malicious attachment. It uses a number of vulnerabilities in the iOS operating system and installs spyware on the device. At the same time, the implementation of the program occurs without the participation of the user and remains completely hidden from him, the head of Kaspersky Lab drew attention. After that, the program begins to quietly transfer personal information from the gadget to remote servers, including recordings from the microphone, location, photos from instant messengers.
“The investigation showed that several dozen iPhones of our employees were infected with a new, extremely technologically sophisticated spyware called Triangulation (“Triangulation”),” Kaspersky revealed. He also noted that the company has not yet found an effective way to remove the virus without losing data. user. The investigation into the incident will continue.
In addition, Kaspersky Lab cited the closed nature of iOS as the main reason for this incident, in which, according to the company, such spyware can hide for years. “Detection and analysis of such threats is complicated by Apple’s monopolization of research tools, which creates an ideal haven for spyware,” the publication emphasizes.
Earlier it became known that the FSB uncovered an intelligence operation of the US special services using Apple smartphones. The department said that several thousand telephone sets of this brand were infected. They also indicated that the information received indicates the cooperation of Apple with the US National Security Agency.