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Google 'stoking fear' in release of iPhone hack details, Apple says

Google 'stoking fear' in release of iPhone hack details, Apple says”

The 2020 iPhone generation is already expected to bring some pretty big changes in terms of features, including 5G support, and now top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the Cupertino tech giant is actually working on more than that.

However, Apple says that those websites had content that was of interest to the Uighur community.

Apple Inc 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 rival Alphabet Inc's description of the effort to track users of the smartphone in real time. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The report from Project Zero noted that "simply visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your device, and if it was successful, install a monitoring implant". In a rare move, Apple also publicly commented on Google's blog posts, claiming that they mischaracterized the vulnerabilities, and the intent of the hackers. "We fixed the vulnerabilities in question in February - working extremely quickly to resolve the issue just 10 days after we learned about it".

Second, the websites were operational for only about two months, while the report gives the impression that iPhones were being hacked for two years.

In a press release, Apple has rubbished numerous claims made by Google.

Furthermore, in the past week, Google has been lambasted by the cyber-security community for only disclosing details about the coordinated campaign targeting iOS users, but not the one that targeted Android devices.

On top of the new iPhone 11, Apple is planning to launch several other pieces of hardware over the coming weeks and months, according to the latest report from Bloomberg. Google's Project Zero researchers are cited in Apple's official changelog from February as reporting the flaws. The attacks were unleashed as soon as an iPhone visited a rigged website, and "We estimate that these sites receive thousands of visitors per week", Google said.

"Project Zero posts technical research that is created to advance the understanding of security vulnerabilities, which leads to better defensive strategies", a Google spokesperson said.

You can head there now to see our coverage of the the build up to the event itself, and we'll be live at the show offering minute-by-minute coverage of the action on-stage. It concluded: "We will never stop our tireless work to keep our users safe".

Google is used to getting publicly chastised for security vulnerabilities - Android is open source, but Apple has the benefit of quietly patching exploits as it finds them in its closed software.



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