Apple disputes Google security researcher findings on iPhone attack

Apple disputes Google security researcher findings on iPhone attack

While it's true that only a small number of websites were affected, Google said that those websites were visited thousands of times per week - and the attacks were active for about two months.

Apple says Google researchers who reported vulnerabilities in iPhone software that potentially gave hackers access to the devices are creating a "false impression" and "stoking fear".

Apple has taken security and privacy very seriously in recent years, even leaning on those features to help it sell more devices like iPhones and Mac computers.

Some analysts say services, subscriptions and online content will share the stage with the company's glitzy hardware as Apple seeks to shift its focus.

According to Google, the websites deliver their malware indiscriminately and have been operational for years.

Visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your device, and if it was successful, to install a monitoring implant. Google's Project Zero researchers are cited in Apple's official changelog from February as reporting the flaws.

With neither Apple nor Google backing down, the situation has turned into a he said, she said situation.

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Apple patched the vulnerabilities in February, but Google's report, released last week, sparked major alarm in the IT security community.

The new iPhone 11 launch event is almost here, and it's under an hour until we'll hear all the news about everything to do with Apple's next smartphones, as well as the Apple Watch 5 and new operating systems for all its products. The tech giant also made no mention of how it'll address Uighurs targeted by the spying campaign at a time when the Chinese government has been detaining members of the Muslim ethnic minority in re-education camps, according to human rights groups.

Of course, the event will still be streamed on the Apple website and a live stream option can be found in the Events app on the Apple TV app for users wanting to watch along at home.

In a response Friday, a Google spokesperson said the company stood by its research, "which was written to focus on the technical aspects of these vulnerabilities".

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

Apple concludes by stating, "Our product security teams around the world are constantly iterating to introduce new protections and patch vulnerabilities as soon as they're found".

Apple's angry statement seems to be carrying this message as well. Security is also a centrepiece of Apple's first credit card, the Apple Card, which launched last month. However, Apple is now seeking to downplay the severity of the attack, claiming Project Zero has blown the whole thing out of proportion.

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