Apple warns of cyber Attack to opposition leaders
Several politicians and journalists said they had received warnings from the tech giant that their devices were being targeted by “state-sponsored attackers”; Government Promises investigation, calls curious claims ‘vague’.
- More than a dozen opposition leaders and journalists received an email notice from US tech giant Apple on Monday evening, informing them that their digital devices had been “compromised by hackers of the targeted state sponsor”. The Union government on Tuesday said it would conduct an investigation into the concerns, even as Electronics and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnau termed the spying allegations made by the opposition as “vague”.
- Prominent opposition leaders who posted screenshots of these messages on social media include Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Congress . MPs Shashi Tharoor and K.C. Venugopal. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi told reporters that his office workers also received the notice. Gandhi alleged that the “intrusion” took place when the opposition leaders “groped” industrialist Gautam Adani. Ms Moitra made similar accusations later in the day, saying on X (formerly Twitter) that the episode was a “desperate distraction” from reporting on alleged corrupt dealings related to the Adani Group.
“Apple believes you are being targeted by state-sponsored attackers who are trying to remotely compromise the iPhone linked to your Apple ID,” the warning read.
“These attackers may target you personally because of who you are or what you do… If your device is compromised by a state-sponsored attacker, they could remotely access sensitive data, communications, or even your camera and microphone.
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