What is Apple's 'State-sponsored' attackers alert received by multiple opposition leaders

Several Opposition leaders have claimed that they had received messages from Apple on their phones and emails, warning that "state-sponsored attackers" may be targeting their iPhones.

Notable leaders, including Congress's Shashi Tharoor, Trinamool Congress's Mahua Moitra, Shiv Sena (UBT)'s Priyanka Chaturvedi and AAP's Raghav Chadha, shared screenshots of the said messages from Apple and hit out at the government while alleging snooping.

In response to this, Apple clarified that it doesn't link these alerts to any specific state entity and mentioned that some notifications might be false alarms.

The tech giant stated, "We can't disclose the reasons for issuing threat notifications as it might aid attackers in evading detection."

Meanwhile, the Indian government expressed concern and initiated an investigation, noting that Apple's advisory was issued in 150 countries and the alerts were ambiguous.

Apple's threat notifications are designed to inform users who might be targeted due to their identity or profession.