Apple hit again Friday at a Google analysis report suggesting iPhones might have been focused by a long-running hacking operation, calling it inaccurate and deceptive.
Apple spokesman Fred Sainz mentioned in a press release the analysis launched by Google created a “misunderstanding” that giant numbers of iPhone customers might have been compromised.
Sainz mentioned that opposite to what Google claimed, the incident was a “narrowly targeted” assault which affected “fewer than a dozen web sites that target content material associated to the Uighur group, an ethnic minority in China.
“Whatever the scale of the assault, we take the protection and safety of all customers extraordinarily severely,” he wrote.
“Google’s submit, issued six months after iOS patches have been launched, creates the misunderstanding of ‘mass exploitation’ to ‘monitor the personal actions of total populations in actual time,’ stoking concern amongst all iPhone customers that their gadgets had been compromised. This was by no means the case.”
Researchers with Google’s Challenge Zero safety taskforce mentioned final week that an “indiscriminate” hacking operation that focused iPhones used web sites to implant malicious software program to entry photographs, consumer areas and different knowledge.
“Merely visiting the hacked website was sufficient for the exploit server to assault your machine, and if it was profitable, set up a monitoring implant,” mentioned Challenge Zero’s Ian Beer.
Sainz mentioned Apple believes that the web site assaults have been operational for roughly two months, not two years as Google implied.
“We fastened the vulnerabilities in query in February — working extraordinarily rapidly to resolve the problem simply 10 days after we discovered about it,” Sainz mentioned.
“When Google approached us, we have been already within the technique of fixing the exploited bugs. Safety is a unending journey and our clients will be assured we’re working for them.”