Apple accuses Google of ‘stoking fear’ over hack
Apple on Friday confirmed that China’s Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority group considered a security threat by Beijing, had been the target of attacks due to iPhone security flaws, but disputed Google’s description of the effort to track users of the smartphone in real time. Google Project Zero researchers said last week that five flaws led to a “sustained effort to hack the users of iPhones in certain communities over a period of at least 2 years”.
The researchers did not specify the communities, but CNN, TechCrunch and other news organisations reported that the attacks had been aimed at monitoring Uighurs.
Apple said on Friday the attack “was narrowly focu
Apple admitted to a security breach that targeted iPhone users who visited websites on Uighurs, but disputed Google’s claim that it was a widespread attack
sed” and affected “fewer than a dozen websites that focus on content related to the Uighur community” rather than the “en masse” hack of iPhone users described by Google. Apple also said it fixed the issue in February, within 10 days of being notified by Google. Apple also said the website attacks lasted only two months and not two years as claimed.
Google, meanwhile, said it stood by its findings.