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Parliamentary committee to summon Apple officials over ‘hacking’ alert

Parliamentary committee to summon Apple officials over ‘hacking’ alert

New Delhi: A parliamentary panel will look into the iPhone notification row that emerged on Tuesday following an alert from tech giant Apple.

The panel on information technology may well summon Apple Inc officials, according to NDTV.

It all began yesterday when opposition leaders alleged that they had received alerts from Apple that said their devices could be potential targets of state-sponsored attacks.

Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar tried to becalm opposition about iPhone hacking concerns.

‘It is election season and people will pull all sorts of things from a hat," he told NDTV in an exclusive interview. "Many people have got this notification in many countries,’ NDTV quoted Chandrasekhar as saying.

However, Chandrasekhar was in favour of investigating the matter.

It is reported that Opposition MPs will raise the issue in the next meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on IT.

Leading Opposition leaders including Pawan Khera and Shashi Tharoor, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, and the Aam Aadmi Party's Raghav Chadha posted on social mediate site X the screenshots of the alerts they received.

The Centre will seek Apple' clarification on why ‘threat notifications’ were sent to people in more than 150 countries and will ask if their devices were secure.

Following this row, Apple on Tuesday said ‘some Apple threat notifications could be false alarms’, and it did not ‘attribute the notification to any specific state-sponsored attacker,’ according to the report.

‘It is possible some notifications may be false alarms or that some attacks are not detected,’ the company reportedly said.

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