Apple Gives Up on Labeling Cyberattacks as ‘State-Sponsored’


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Apple dropped the term “state-sponsored” from threat notifications sent to users, first reported by Reuters Thursday. Instead, Apple warned iPhone users in India and 91 countries on Wednesday that they were potential victims of a “mercenary spyware attack,” a term that less directly blames governments behind the attacks. Is USB-C Finally Coming To iPhone? CC Share Subtitles Off English view video Is USB-C Finally Coming To iPhone? “Mercenary spyware attack” is Apple’s new, more ambiguous way of telling you a foreign government is behind a cyberattack. As recently as Jan. 15, an Apple support page described these threats as “state-sponsored...