Apple introduces Lockdown Mode to protect iPhones from state-sponsored hacking

On Wednesday, Apple unveiled Lockdown Mode, a new iPhone feature designed to defend prominent users against state-sponsored hackers. These users include politicians and activists.

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

In particular, it disables a number of iMessage preview capabilities, restricts JavaScript in Safari, stops the installation of new configuration profiles, and disables wired connections.

Thus, it stops inbound requests for Apple services, like as FaceTime, and stops the device's data from being copied.

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

The discovery comes months after it was made public that state-sponsored hackers could hack iPhones of current models using "zero-click" attacks that were disseminated via text messages.

Governments have been pressuring the iPhone manufacturer to address the problem more frequently.

U.S. legislators questioned Apple in March about attack specifics, such as whether it could detect them, how many had been found, when and where they occurred, and how many.