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Apple Launches iPhone Security Tool to Block Targeted Attacks

  • Company debuts “extreme, optional” Lockdown Mode for iOS 16
  • Safety feature announced amid lawsuit against NSO Group
Apple Lockdown Mode in iOS 16.

Apple Lockdown Mode in iOS 16.

Source: Apple

Apple Inc. introduced a security tool for iPhone, iPad and Mac devices that is designed to prevent targeted cyberattacks on high-profile users such as activists, journalists and government officials. 

The optional feature, called Lockdown Mode, will offer “extreme” protection for a “very small number of users who face grave, targeted attacks,” Apple said Wednesday in a statement. The tool vastly reduces the number of physical and digital ways for an attacker to hack a user’s device. Apple said the feature is aimed primarily at trying to combat attacks from “spyware” sold by NSO Group and other companies, particularly to state-sponsored groups.