Apple is introducing a new security feature called Lockdown Mode. It is designed for prominent users who might be targeted by state-sponsored hackers, such as politicians and activists.

The feature is coming in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura this fall, and is meant to protect those targeted by state-sponsored mercenary spyware.

By drastically decreasing the number of functionalities that attackers may access and potentially compromise, Lockdown Mode disables numerous features on the iPhone to make it less susceptible to spyware.

It specifically disables numerous preview features in iMessage, restricts JavaScript in Safari, prevents the installation of new configuration profiles, disables wired connections (thus limiting data copying), and shuts down incoming FaceTime and Apple services requests.

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Researchers who discover a security vulnerability in Lockdown Mode will receive up to $2 million from the tech giant.

Read the detailed announcement here

We’ll update you with further development as they happen.


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