Apple Phone Alert / Why is there an uproar over Apple's alert, know what is the whole matter?

Vikrant Shekhawat : Oct 31, 2023, 09:30 PM
Apple Phone Alert: An alert by Apple in iPhone became a matter of great debate in the country on Tuesday. Opposition leaders including Shashi Tharoor, Mahua Moitra, Raghav Chadha gave this information one after the other on social media. By sharing the screen shot of the alert on social media, he also targeted the central government. Rahul Gandhi even held a press conference regarding this and accused the government of spying on opposition leaders. In this matter, Union Electronics and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has said that the government will get to the bottom of the matter. On the allegations being made by the opposition, he said that some people have the habit of criticizing only.

On Tuesday morning, many opposition leaders of the country talked about alert messages being sent by Apple on their iPhones, these leaders claim that attempts are being made to hack their phones, the statement issued by Apple in the matter. After that the ruckus increased further. Apple said that it cannot be tracked as to why the alerts were issued. It is also possible that these alerts may be false.

After all, what was there in the alert?

In the alert sent to iPhone users, it was written that - Alert: State sponsored attackers can target your phone. An attempt is being made to compromise the phone associated with your Apple ID; you may be being personally targeted; if your device has been compromised, your phone and the data associated with it may be compromised. , may be accessed remotely, so take the warning seriously.

Even before this, Apple had once issued a warning of state sponsored attack to iPhone users, in 2021, not only Apple but Google had sent a similar alert to users not only in India but in many countries, after this the issue of Pegasus Had jumped. It was claimed that people's phones are being hacked with the help of Pegasus, the spyware of Israeli company NSO.

What is a state sponsored attack?

While Apple sends its users an alert on any suspicious activity, a state-sponsored attack is considered different from an attack carried out by regular cyber criminals who target people to defraud them. State sponsored attack is used for attackers who are very strong financially, they have a lot of resources to hack specific individuals or their devices.

According to Apple, these attacks are very expensive to develop, only to avoid such attacks, Apple has developed such a system which can detect the activity to avoid such attacks, it is believed that The alert message received by the opposition leaders is part of this system. However, Apple has also said that this alert can also be false, because it is not correct every time. When Apple detects that an attempt is being made to hack its user's phone, it sends an alert through email or SMS to the phone numbers that are linked to the user's Apple ID.

What did Rahul Gandhi and opposition leaders say?

After receiving the alert from Apple, Rahul Gandhi said that everyone in my office has received an alert from Apple. Rahul Gandhi said that the government diverts the attention of the youth here and there, creating hatred and anger in you. When you fall into their trap, they take away the money, he also targeted the government by taking the name of Adani. Similarly, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, TMC MP Mahua Moitra, AAP's Raghav Chadha, SP President Akhilesh Yadav and AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi also targeted the government by sharing screenshots of the phone.

Government is very serious

On the allegations of Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders, Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said that the government is very serious about the alert received by iPhone users and will get to the bottom of this issue. He said that Apple has issued an alert in 150 countries, which is based on conjecture, everyone knows that Apple's phone cannot be hacked, on the allegations being made by the opposition leaders, he said that some people just They have a habit of criticizing, they are not able to digest the progress of the country.

Apple said this

After receiving the alert, when the uproar started and opposition leaders tagged Apple and informed about receiving the alert, Apple issued a statement in this matter saying - 'State sponsored attackers are well funded and in trend, their methods keep changing, It is difficult to find out where this cyber attack is coming from. Many times these also prove to be false. Information cannot be given about why these messages have to be issued, because doing so can provide further help to hackers. According to Apple's support page, such an alert is received when an attempt is made to hack someone's iPhone.

This is the real reason for the chaos

After the hacking alert on iPhone, there is an uproar as to why only the opposition leaders got this message? Because only the opposition leaders complained about it, the leaders claim that even if it is considered a bug, then why did other people not get this alert. Regarding this, opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi are unanimously targeting the central government, although the government is claiming that this alert has come not only in India but to iPhone users of 150 countries.

There is a solution in iPhone for protection

If such an alert message comes on an iPhone, then iPhone users can save themselves, for this, lockdown mode has been provided in the iPhone. As soon as you go into this mode, a security layer is created in the phone, that is, the phone will continue to work as before, but there are restrictions on some websites and links, due to which your phone can be hacked. That is why if someone gets such an alert, he can protect himself by going into lockdown mode.