Apple on Tuesday responded to opposition leaders’ claims that they had received a message warning about “state-sponsored” hackers trying to access iPhones, saying that “the notifications were not attributed to a specific state-sponsored attacker.” Stated. The manufacturer also said that “some of Apple’s threat notifications may be false alarms.”
In a short statement quoted from it, Technical support pageApple notes that “state-sponsored attackers tend to be extremely well-funded and sophisticated…Detection of such attacks often relies on incomplete and imperfect threat intelligence signals.” “There is,” he said.
The company said, “Some notifications may be false alarms, and some attacks may go undetected.”
Apple also said it could not provide information “about the cause” of such notification issues, and that doing so “could help future state-sponsored attackers adapt their behavior to evade detection.” There is a possibility.”
Earlier today, several MPs including Shashi Tharoor of Congress, Priyanka Chaturvedi of Shiv Sena (UBT) and Mahua Moitra of Trinamool Congress reported that they received messages/emails from Apple. Posted a screenshot.
Sources told NDTV that three people in Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s office also received similar messages.
Opposition lawmaker insists on iPhone ‘threat’ alerts
Earlier today, all of the above-mentioned MPs posted screenshots of the messages they received.
Moitra also claimed that Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Congress’s Pawan Khela were also alerted about the hacking attempt. did.
Chaturvedi wrote, “Who could that be? Shame on you…” and “cc-ed” Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
— Priyanka Chaturvedi🇮🇳 (@priyankac19) October 30, 2023
Ms Chaturvedi also wrote to Mr Shah, calling for an urgent investigation. “Before I am a member of Parliament, as a citizen of India, I believe this is a violation of my fundamental rights…As someone who has been a vocal critic of certain government activities, I am dissatisfied with these warnings. I am deeply troubled…” she also said. This raises serious questions that our government agencies are targeting the opposition…”
Congress member Shashi Tharoor slammed the government, saying he had “verified” the email from email@example.com. “I’m happy to keep underemployed officials busy at the expense of taxpayers like me! Isn’t there something more important than that?”
Received and reviewed from Apple ID, firstname.lastname@example.org. Confirmed to be genuine. I’m happy to keep underemployed officials busy at the expense of taxpayers like me. Is there anything more important?@PMO India@INCIndia@kage@RahulGandhipic.twitter.com/5zyuoFmaIa
— Shachi Tharoor (@ShachiTharoor) October 31, 2023
Like several other MPs, Tharoor tagged the offices of Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding an investigation into the alleged hacking bid. Another Congress leader, Pawan Khera, attacked the government more directly, sharing a screenshot of a message from his mobile phone and saying, “Dear Mr. Modi Sarkar, why are you doing this?” I wrote.
AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP Chadha posted a long note criticizing the alleged hacking bid as an attack on “democratic interests” and the people. “…Every Indian should be worried, because today it’s me, tomorrow it could be you,” he added.
Early this morning, I received a worrying notification from Apple warning me of a possible state-sponsored spyware attack on my phone. The notification states, “If your device is compromised by a state-sponsored attacker, they may be able to protect your… pic.twitter.com/JrVD9Zh9im
— Ragav Chadha (@ragav_chadha) October 31, 2023
Apple iPhone “Threat” Notification
“Apple believes you are being targeted by state-sponsored attackers seeking to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID,” the message in question reads.
“These attackers may be targeting you individually because of who you are or what you do. If your device is compromised by a state-sponsored attacker. , they may be able to remotely access your sensitive data, communications, and even your camera and microphone.” While this may be a false alarm, please take this warning seriously. ”
BJP’s Malviya strikes back
Amit Malviya, head of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s IT cell, was quick to react and slam the “usual suspects”.
“It’s good for ordinary suspects to make noise with ‘state-sponsored’ attacks and pretend to be martyrs…”
The usual suspects making noise and pretending to be martyrs with “state-sponsored” attacks are good…but this fuss, like in the past, will probably end in a damp squib!
Why not wait for Apple to reveal it? Or is it too much to miss the opportunity to be outraged?
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) October 31, 2023
“But this fuss will probably end in a damp squib, as it has in the past! Why not wait for Apple to clarify? Or is it too much to miss the opportunity to get outraged? ” he posted on X.
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