On Tuesday, Apple addressed the concerns raised by opposition leaders regarding messages they received, warning them about potential “state-sponsored” hackers trying to break into their iPhones.Apple said they can’t tell exactly who sends these alerts from a specific state-sponsored attacker. They also admitted that some of these Apple threat alerts might, at times, be inaccurate warnings.
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Apple Warns of State-Sponsored Attackers: Imperfect Threat Intelligence Signals and False Alarms Possible,” the company cautions. Rahul Gandhi, a Congress leader, takes a swipe at the BJP government following Apple’s alert to Opposition leaders about potential “State-sponsored attackers” targeting their iPhones remotely, asserting their fearlessness against phone tapping.
Apple cannot explain the reasons behind these notifications because doing so could help state-sponsored attackers avoid detection in the future.
Rahul Gandhi, a well-known leader in the opposing party, recently shared that he and some other opposition leaders received a warning from Apple. This warning suggested that these leaders might be at risk of being targeted by state-sponsored hackers. Rahul Gandhi made it clear that he wasn’t concerned about the possibility of his phone being tapped, even going so far as to offer his phone for inspection. He made it clear that the opposition is strongly focused on their political goals.
Also, while he was talking, Rahul Gandhi said something important about how much power the Adani Group has in the Indian government.He suggested that this big company had a lot of control over government decisions, even more than the Prime Minister and the Home Minister.
Because of these events, many other opposition leaders also got similar warnings from Apple. These warnings told them to be careful about the possibility of the government trying to hack their devices. Even though they got these warnings, the government said they didn’t believe the claims and promised they were looking into it carefully. Apple told the people in the messages to be careful and take the warning seriously, even if it turns out to be a mistake.
Apple’s Alert: State-Sponsored Hacking Warning for Your iPhone
The message says: “Apple thinks that someone is trying to break into your iPhone from far away, and they might be supported by a government.”
Apple says someone might be trying to hack your stuff because of who you are or what you do. If they succeed, they could access your private things like messages, or even use your camera and microphone. It might be a mistake, but it’s better to be careful and take the warning seriously.
State-Sponsored Attack: List of People Notified by Apple
Here’s a list of people who got messages from Apple warning about their iPhones being in danger:
1. Mahua Moitra (Trinamool Congress MP)
2. Priyanka Chaturvedi (Shiv Sena UBT MP)
3. Raghav Chadha (AAP MP)
4. Shashi Tharoor (Congress MP)
5. Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM MP)
6. Sitaram Yechury (CPI(M) general secretary and former MP)
7. Pawan Khera (Congress spokesperson)
8. Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party president)
9. Siddharth Varadarajan (founding editor, The Wire)
10. Sriram Karri (resident editor, Deccan Chronicle)
11. Samir Saran (president, Observer Research Foundation)
12. Revathi (independent journalist)
13. K.C. Venugopal (Congress MP)
14. Supriya Shrinate (Congress spokesperson)
15. Multiple people who work in Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s office
16. Revanth Reddy (Congress MP)
17. T.S. Singhdeo (Chhattisgarh deputy CM and Congress leader)
18. Ravi Nair (journalist, OCCRP)
19. K.T. Rama Rao (Telangana minister and BRS leader)
20. Anand Mangnale (regional editor, South Asia, OCCRP)
Hackers supported by the government have a lot of money and are very smart. They keep changing how they attack. We use certain signals to find these attacks, but these signals are not always perfect. This means that sometimes our warnings might be wrong, or we might miss some attacks. We can’t explain why we send these warnings because that might help the hackers avoid getting caught in the future.