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About the Pegasus spyware, Apple’s telling the full truth


When it comes to security and privacy issues, Apple generally does a far better job than its rivals — though admittedly for selfish marketing reasons. When comparing Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, it’s hard to not see that at least Apple makes a good-faith attempt at being security- and privacy-oriented, compared to Google, which would prefer selling ads and anything else it can think of.

Still, Apple has been known to twist and shift the truth, omitting germane background info and context when it’s convenient. Remember antenna-gate? The battery-gate brouhaha?

Today, though, I find myself in the awkward position of saying that Apple is actually playing it straight. I am referring to the latest iPhone spy brouhaha, which Computerworld’s Johnny Evans captured quite nicely last week. In a nutshell, NSO Group, an Israeli firm that bills itself as a “surveillance as a service” company, created a zero-click attack that allowed spyware to be installed on iPhones. Amnesty International identified at least 180 journalists around the world who were hit by Pegasus.

But there’s an important caveat for regular iPhone users: This was an extremely targeted attack that is highly unlikely to affect them.

Apple’s response amounts to “how could we possibly fight something like this?”

Specifically, look at the company’s statement about the incident from Ivan Krstić, Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture:

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