Apple alerts prominent Indian Opposition Leaders and journalists of a 'state-sponsored' phone attack
Apple on Tuesday issued a statement after at least seven opposition leaders claimed they received an email from the technology giant warning them about the ‘state-sponsored’ attackers that were potentially remotely trying to compromise the iPhones associated with their IDs.
“Apple does not attribute the threat notifications to any specific state-sponsored attacker. State-sponsored attackers are very well-funded and sophisticated, and their attacks evolve over time. Detecting such attacks relies on threat intelligence signals that are often imperfect and incomplete", the statement read.
The opposition leaders including Congress’s Shashi Tharoor and Pawan Khera, Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi, Trinamool Congress’s Mahua Moitra, and Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha had flagged receiving such emails from the iPhone maker.
The alerts from Apple have come to light a year after a Supreme Court-appointed experts committee had found inconclusive evidence of the presence of Pegasus spyware in the 29 phones it analysed.
The panel had said the government did not cooperate with its probe while recommending new laws and measures to protect citizens from illegal surveillance and cyber attacks. The panel found some malware in five of the phones but there was nothing conclusive to show it was Pegasus.