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Apple Warns Thai Govt Critics of ‘State-Sponsored Attacks’ on iPhones

At least six activists and researchers critical of Thailand’s government were issued an alert on Wednesday from Apple Inc that warned them that it believed their iPhones had been targeted by “state-sponsored attackers.” Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist at Bangkok’s Thammasat University, said he received two emails from Apple stating that it was believed that his iPhone and iCloud accounts had been targeted, along with a “threat notification” on his Apple account. The alert from Apple warns: “If your device is compromised by a state-sponsored attacker, they may be able to remotely access your sensitive data, communications, or even the camera and microphone. While it’s possible this is a false alarm, please take this warning seriously.” Researcher Sarinee Achananuntakul and activist Yingcheep Atchanont of legal monitoring group iLaw shared via social media that they had received similar emails. Thai rapper Dechathorn Bamrungmuang, popularly known as Hockhacker from the Rap Against …

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