employees of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation began to abandon the iPhone in work processes

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Summarize this content to 100 words Media sources reported that employees of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation began to refuse to use the iPhone in work processes.An expert in the transport industry explained to the mass media that such a process is currently underway in the ministry. The press service of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation did not confirm or deny this information.According to media sources, similar bans will soon be introduced in other large state-owned companies and departments, as well as in state structures in the regions. Earlier, the Ministry of Industry and Trade recommended the management of Russian industrial enterprises to prohibit employees from using iPhones for work purposes. A representative of the department clarified to the mass media that the relevant recommendations regarding the ban of mobile devices of the American manufacturer Apple were sent to Russian industrial enterprises. Since July 20, employees of the Federal Customs Service (FMS) of Russia are prohibited from using Apple equipment for work purposes, including the iPhone and Apple Watch. According to the order of the FMS, the management of the customs authorities in the field units must withdraw the previously issued mobile devices from the employees. Since July 18, the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation has introduced a ban on the use of American Apple equipment, including iPhone smartphones, by employees of the department, as well as employees of sub-departmental organizations, for work purposes. The state structure explained to the mass media that this decision was made in order to implement the country’s information security doctrine and to ensure protection and control over the circulation of official information. On July 16, media sources said that the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy prohibited employees from using iPhones for work purposes. On July 13, “Rostec” introduced a complete ban for employees of all organizations of the corporation to use the equipment of the American manufacturer Apple in their work. According to media sources, iPhone owners will have to buy Android phones at their own expense, and the company’s employees do not agree with the new rules and demand compensation for a second phone for work. On July 12, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation confirmed to the media that the employees of the department are prohibited from using iPhones for work correspondence from July 17. This measure was taken to ensure the protection of information. A representative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade confirmed this information to the mass media. “Following the recommendations of the regulator, in order to ensure information protection, a decision was made to stop the use of mobile devices (telephones, smartphones) manufactured by Apple in the official activities of all employees of the ministry and organizations subordinate to the ministry,” a representative of the department told the media. He did not mention the possibility of using iPad tablets manufactured by Apple. Subdepartmental organizations of the Ministry of Industry and Trade include, for example, NDC “Institute named after Zhukovsky”, FSUE NAMI, FDBU VNDIR and other enterprises. On June 1, 2023, the FSB of the Russian Federation reported that the department’s employees revealed the operations of American special services using Apple equipment, several thousand telephones of this brand were infected. Following the publication of the FSB warning, Russian experts from Kaspersky Lab revealed the mechanism of a targeted cyberattack using the iPhone, which was used to stealthily introduce a spying module to many Apple smartphones. Technical description of Operation Triangulation attack. Technical analysis of the TriangleDB (Operation Triangulation iOS infection implant) tool running in memory on iOS mobile devices. Kaspersky Lab experts sent information about Operation Triangulation to Apple’s IT department. Apple has commented on the allegations regarding the use of its devices for tracking. The company denies information from the FSB of the Russian Federation about spy software in its gadgets and claims that it does not work with US special services and does not monitor Russian users. At the end of June, Apple in the iOS 16.5.1 and iOS 15.7.7 updates closed two critical vulnerabilities found by Kaspersky Lab experts that allow infecting iPhones with malicious software called “Operation Triangulation”. Apple explained that the security patches prevent attackers from exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities that allow hackers to run arbitrary code on iPhones with kernel-level privileges on iOS versions prior to 15.7. At the end of July, Apple released iOS 16.6, as well as iPadOS 16.6, macOS Ventura 13.5, which fixes several critical vulnerabilities, including CVE-2023-38606, found by Kaspersky Lab specialists. According to Boris Larin of Kaspersky GReAT, one of the researchers who discovered the problem, CVE-2023-38606 was used as part of the “Operation Triangulation” hacking campaign.

employees of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation began to abandon the iPhone in work processes

Media sources reported that employees of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation began to refuse to use the iPhone in work processes.

An expert in the transport industry explained to the mass media that such a process is currently underway in the ministry. The press service of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation did not confirm or deny this information.

According to media sources, similar bans will soon be introduced in other large state-owned companies and departments, as well as in state structures in the regions.


Earlier, the Ministry of Industry and Trade recommended the management of Russian industrial enterprises to prohibit employees from using iPhones for work purposes. A representative of the department clarified to the mass media that the relevant recommendations regarding the ban of mobile devices of the American manufacturer Apple were sent to Russian industrial enterprises.


Since July 20, employees of the Federal Customs Service (FMS) of Russia are prohibited from using Apple equipment for work purposes, including the iPhone and Apple Watch. According to the order of the FMS, the management of the customs authorities in the field units must withdraw the previously issued mobile devices from the employees.


Since July 18, the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation has introduced a ban on the use of American Apple equipment, including iPhone smartphones, by employees of the department, as well as employees of sub-departmental organizations, for work purposes. The state structure explained to the mass media that this decision was made in order to implement the country’s information security doctrine and to ensure protection and control over the circulation of official information.


On July 16, media sources said that the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy prohibited employees from using iPhones for work purposes.


On July 13, “Rostec” introduced a complete ban for employees of all organizations of the corporation to use the equipment of the American manufacturer Apple in their work. According to media sources, iPhone owners will have to buy Android phones at their own expense, and the company’s employees do not agree with the new rules and demand compensation for a second phone for work.


On July 12, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation confirmed to the media that the employees of the department are prohibited from using iPhones for work correspondence from July 17. This measure was taken to ensure the protection of information.

A representative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade confirmed this information to the mass media. “Following the recommendations of the regulator, in order to ensure information protection, a decision was made to stop the use of mobile devices (telephones, smartphones) manufactured by Apple in the official activities of all employees of the ministry and organizations subordinate to the ministry,” a representative of the department told the media. He did not mention the possibility of using iPad tablets manufactured by Apple. Subdepartmental organizations of the Ministry of Industry and Trade include, for example, NDC “Institute named after Zhukovsky”, FSUE NAMI, FDBU VNDIR and other enterprises.


On June 1, 2023, the FSB of the Russian Federation reported that the department’s employees revealed the operations of American special services using Apple equipment, several thousand telephones of this brand were infected.


Following the publication of the FSB warning, Russian experts from Kaspersky Lab revealed the mechanism of a targeted cyberattack using the iPhone, which was used to stealthily introduce a spying module to many Apple smartphones. Technical description of Operation Triangulation attack. Technical analysis of the TriangleDB (Operation Triangulation iOS infection implant) tool running in memory on iOS mobile devices.


Kaspersky Lab experts sent information about Operation Triangulation to Apple’s IT department.


Apple has commented on the allegations regarding the use of its devices for tracking. The company denies information from the FSB of the Russian Federation about spy software in its gadgets and claims that it does not work with US special services and does not monitor Russian users.


At the end of June, Apple in the iOS 16.5.1 and iOS 15.7.7 updates closed two critical vulnerabilities found by Kaspersky Lab experts that allow infecting iPhones with malicious software called “Operation Triangulation”. Apple explained that the security patches prevent attackers from exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities that allow hackers to run arbitrary code on iPhones with kernel-level privileges on iOS versions prior to 15.7.


At the end of July, Apple released iOS 16.6, as well as iPadOS 16.6, macOS Ventura 13.5, which fixes several critical vulnerabilities, including CVE-2023-38606, found by Kaspersky Lab specialists. According to Boris Larin of Kaspersky GReAT, one of the researchers who discovered the problem, CVE-2023-38606 was used as part of the “Operation Triangulation” hacking campaign.

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