Apple has Warned at Least Six Thai Activists and Researchers that Their iPhones had been Targeted

Apple Inc issued on Wednesday alert messages to at least six Thai activists and researchers warning it believed their iPhones had been targeted by “state-sponsored attackers.”

“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,” the messages from Apple warned.

The six activists have been critical of the Thai government. 

One of the six, a Thai rapper, said he was appalled by the hacking attempt but added that he would not be silenced after receiving the alert messages from Apple. 

“We (Rap Against Dictatorship) will probably write a song about this,” rapper Dechathorn Bamrungmuang said

In the youth-led protests that shook Bangkok last year, Rap Against Dictatorship took a high-profile role and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Meanwhile, Thailand deputy secretary-general to the prime minister said that if the alert messages from Apple were authentic, the Digital Economy and Society Ministry “will look into this.”

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