In order to provide “extreme” protection to “the very small number of users facing serious, targeted digital security threats”, Apple has announced a new closed mode , which it will add to iOS 16 , iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura this fall.
in the system. In Apple’s view, certain high-risk groups will be targeted by spyware groups such as the NSO Group (which has developed in addition to Pegasus) because of their status or the nature of their work, and the existence of closed mode can strictly prevent malicious apps from invading iPhone, iPad or Mac. Potential pipelines are limited.
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The limitations mentioned above will be available when Closed Mode goes live this fall, and Apple plans to add more features in the future. In addition, Apple will expand its security bounty program, and anyone who finds a closed mode vulnerability and helps Apple improve security is eligible to receive up to $2 million in rewards. “Apple has made the most secure mobile device on the market, and closed mode is a groundbreaking feature that represents our unwavering determination to protect users from rare, sophisticated attacks.
” Ivan, Head of Security Engineering and Architecture, Apple Krstić said, “While the majority of users will never fall victim to a highly targeted attack, we also strive to protect the few who may be attacked. To this end, we will continue to design defenses specifically for these users and support Researchers and organizations around the world uncover the hiring groups behind these digital attacks.”
Apple last year sued NSO Group, holding it “responsible” for state-employment espionage. They also said they would donate $10 million, plus any damages from lawsuits, to organizations that “investigate, expose, and prevent highly targeted cyberattacks.”