Ap­ple ac­cuses Google of ‘stok­ing fear’ over hack

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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.

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