Apple accuses Google researchers of 'stoking fear' about iPhone hack

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San Francisco: Apple hit back Friday at a Google research report suggesting iPhones may have been targeted by a long-running hacking operation, calling it inaccurate and misleading.

As it downplayed the impact of the vulnerabilities found by the Google researchers, Apple sought to reassure iPhone users about the security of their devices.

"Irrespective of the scale of the attack, we acquire the basic safety and protection of all end users exceptionally severely", it said.

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.

It was just last week that we covered a report by Google's Project Zero security researchers claiming they'd identified a malware campaign targeting iPhones for "at least two years".

Ian Beer of Project Zero wrote last month that Google had notified Apple of the issues discovered on February 1, 2019, and that Apple released iOS patches to address those issues on February 7. "We estimate that these sites receive thousands of visitors per week", said the Google blog post. Apple already teased iOS 13 features at its developers' conference in June, promising a dark mode to save on battery life, a feature to silence unknown callers and a tool that allows you to swipe to type, rather than lifting your fingers to tap the keys.

In an extraordinary statement, Apple has denied that the iPhone has significant vulnerabilities, despite it being possible to infect iPhones simply by visiting a malicious website, like a Windows XP PC in 2005.

Amnesty International has detailed what it describe as "an effort by the Chinese government to wipe out religious beliefs and aspects of cultural identity in order to enforce political loyalty for the State and the Communist Party of China".

Apple also downplayed Google's role in fixing the bug in the first place. Hacker would attack Apple iPhone users who visited these websites. "Security is a never-ending journey and our customers can be confident we are working for them".

"Project Zero posts technical research that is created to advance the understanding of security vulnerabilities, which leads to better defensive strategies", a spokesperson said. Google claimed that it had not been aware that Android was affected in the attacks. The company says it works round the clock to keep users safe. If you follow news outlets closely, you might have seen a lot of coverage on Uighur. The company said that technical research was posted to help people better understand security vulnerabilities and create better defensive strategies.

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