Apple has unveiled a preview of two security features that provide specific additional protection for those who could be direct targets of cyberattacks by private companies developing state-mandated spyware.
The first is a new mode called Quarantine coming this fall with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, adding an optional maximum protection level for the few users who face serious, direct threats to their digital devices. Safety. Apple also provided details of a $10 million cybersecurity grant announced last November to support civil society organizations researching and raising awareness of mercenary spyware.
“Apple makes the most secure mobile devices on the market. Quarantine mode is a revolutionary feature that testifies to our unwavering commitment to protecting you from even the rarest and most sophisticated attacks,” said Ivan Krstic, Apple’s chief of security engineering and engineering. “Even if the vast majority of people are not victims of highly targeted cyber attacks, we will work tirelessly to protect the few users who encounter them instead. So we will continue to design specific defenses for them, supporting research teams and organizations around the world who are doing critical work. To expose the mercenary companies behind these digital attacks.”
How it works
Quarantine mode is designed in light of the spyware that has made headlines in recent years, such as those of the NSO Group and other private companies. Once activated, it includes the following protections:
• Messages: Most attachments that are not images are blocked. Some features, such as link preview, are disabled.