Apple accuses Google researchers of 'stoking fear' about iPhone hack

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Now Cook has gone on the attack claiming that Apple is being stitched up days out from their big new iPhone reveal.

Last week, Google in a blog post had announced that its Threat Analysis Group (TAG) and Project Zero had discovered a series of iOS exploit chains in the wild that were created to hack iPhones over a period of at least two years. Earlier this week, Yonathan Klijnsma, Head of Threat Research at RiskIQ, told ZDNet in a private conversation that the attacks were indeed very targeted, and that Google was wrong in its initial assessment. The iPhone maker points out that the issues were much more narrow than its rival indicated, and were online for only a brief time.

Apple also downplayed Google's role in fixing the bug in the first place.

In what was a strong rebuke of Google's findings, Apple's post declared that the "sophisticated attack" did not target iPhones "en masse". "The attack affected fewer than a dozen websites that focus on content related to the Uighur [a minority Turkic ethnic group in China]", Apple's statement said.

Apple has said it was a stitch up but Google is standing by its research.

Researchers at Google claimed that the malicious websites were hacking iPhones for at least two years.


What to Expect from the event The headliner many are looking at are the next-generation of iPhones that are expected to arrive at the same time. It's a good question. These "tastemakers" have massive social audiences and are arguably more valuable as unofficial mouthpieces for young consumers than jaded technology journalists whose jobs are to thoroughly report on Apple and review its products.

It was later reported that the campaign was the work of Chinese state-sponsored hackers, and was aimed at the Uighur Muslim population living in China and overseas.

In a series of technical blog posts, the company's Project Zero team outlined a number of vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS operating system.

"Irrespective of the scale of the attack, we acquire the basic safety and protection of all end users exceptionally severely", it said.

People familiar with the matter previously suggested the Cupertino-based tech giant would give up on the iPhone branding completely, as the company wanted to go only for the center Apple logo.

These vulnerabilities are extremely serious and threaten the security and privacy of all users, especially when of the "zero-day" variety where the Apples, Googles, Microsoft, and others can't protect their user's privacy.

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