He emphasized the need for Apple to explain the meaning of the notification, especially considering their claims about the security of their devices.
He highlighted, “Either there has been a breach from their platform or the platform is secure and the sent notification is dubious. They need to provide clarification. An investigation will reveal where the compromise has occurred.”
Stressing the importance of understanding the implications of the notification, Chandrasekhar insisted that Apple should identify who the state actors are. However, he mentioned that the government is not involved in this process.
Several opposition leaders and those associated with geopolitics have expressed concern after the warnings in the Apple message, suggesting, “State-sponsored attackers can target your iPhone,” in light of the Pegasus controversy.
The message states, “If the device has been compromised… sensitive data, communications, even the camera and microphone, could potentially be accessed remotely.”
Shortly after, Chandrasekhar posted three questions for Apple:
- Whether their devices are secure
- Why these “warnings” are being sent to people in more than 150 countries
Apple stated that it doesn’t credit specific state-sponsored attackers with notifications.
In a statement removed from their technical support page, Apple stated, “State-sponsored attackers are well-financed and sophisticated… detecting such attacks relies on covert signals of danger... often incomplete and inconclusive.”
Central IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated that Apple’s information on the matter appears “ambiguous and non-specific.” He stressed that the Indian government takes its role in protecting the privacy and security of all citizens very seriously and will investigate these notifications to the fullest extent, urging Apple to participate in the investigation.