Apple alert: Will ask Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to follow raj dharma, says Mahua Moitra
The Trinamool Congress MP will also urge Birla to summon Union home ministry officials
TMC MP Mahua Moitra on Tuesday said she will be writing to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla requesting him to follow Raj Dharma to protect opposition MPs over the purported warning by Apple of “state-sponsored attackers trying to remotely compromise" her iPhone.
She also urged Birla to summon the Union Home Ministry officials over the issue.
In a post on X, Moitra said, "Writing officially to @loksabhaspeaker @ombirlakota requesting he follow RajDharma to protect Opposition MPs & summon @HMOIndia officials ASAP on our phones/email being hacked. Privileges Committee needs to take this up. @AshwiniVaishnaw this is a real breach you need to worry about." She also compared the situation to the Emergency period experienced by the country in 1975.
Besides Moitra, several other opposition leaders such as CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, Aam Aadmi Party's Raghav Chadha, Congress' Shashi Tharoor and his party's media and publicity department head Pawan Khera claimed receiving messages from Apple on Tuesday, cautioning them about "state-sponsored attackers attempting remote compromises" on their iPhones.
They shared screenshots of these warnings on social media platforms.
Hours later, iPhone maker Apple Inc said it does not attribute threat notifications, such as the ones received by some MPs belonging to opposition parties, to any specific state-sponsored attackers.
It is possible that some threat notifications may be false alarms and some attacks may not be detected, it said.