Apple under scrutiny in India over ‘State-Sponsored Attacks’ alert

Apple under scrutiny in India over ‘State-Sponsored Attacks’ alert

29 December 2023

After alerting many Indian journalists and opposition leaders to the possibility that their phones had been compromised by state-sponsored actors, Apple is allegedly coming under criticism and examination from Indian authorities on the security of its products and the precision of its threat detection algorithms.

The government officials were not pleased with Apple’s warnings and urged the business to find methods to lessen the political harm of its notifications, according to a Washington Post article that cited three people with knowledge of the situation. The official also requested alternate explanations for the alerts from an Apple security specialist, answers that would probably avoid linking the government to the assaults.
All of the people who received Apple’s warnings were critics of the governing party. Among them was journalist Anand Mangnale, who was looking into the millionaire entrepreneur Gautam Adani. After analyzing Mangnale’s phone, Amnesty International determined that it was contaminated with Pegasus malware, an advanced hacking tool created by the Israeli company NSO Group and distributed only to governmental and law enforcement organizations.

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