Apple has announced a new security feature to protect iPhone, iPad and Mac users from highly targeted spyware cyberattacks. One of the best-known spyware targeted by this tool is Pegasus, the NSO Group product that managed to infect a large number of devices belonging to activists, journalists, businessmen and politicians, including the mobile phone of the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez .
The functionality, called “Lockdown Mode” (isolation mode), according to the Cupertino company, seeks to offer an extreme level of security for the small number of users who may be victims of targeted attacks with advanced espionage tools. Let us remember that these are usually used at the government level to spy on people of great political or social profileso most users will never be affected.
Isolation mode, an extreme security functionality
This is an “extreme” functionality because users who want to benefit from that extra security, by activating isolation mode, will have to give up some features of their device, which are mentioned below.
Messages: Most attachment types other than images will be blocked. Several features, such as link preview, will also be disabled.
apple services– Incoming invitations and service requests, including FaceTime calls, will be blocked if the user has not previously sent a request or called the initiator.
The connections cable with a computer or accessory will be locked when iPhone is locked.
Fail to install configuration profiles and the device will also not be able to access mobile device management (MDM).
The new isolation mode is not immediately available. We’ll have to wait until the fall to see its arrival in iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura, although those who use beta versions of the aforementioned operating systems will probably have the opportunity to get their hands on it in advance. Also, Apple says that it will continue to improve “Lockdown Mode” over time, so we could see an evolution of this functionality.
Additionally, those from Cupertino have announced that they will allocate 10 million euros “to support organizations that investigate, reveal and prevent highly personalized cyberattacks, including those perpetrated by private companies that develop state-backed mercenary spyware.” This movement is added to other previous ones of the company, such as the security corrections for the systems of its devices and the demand to NSO Group.
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