Last week, Google security research group Project Zero published a report about websites injecting malicious hacking software onto iPhones. The research garnered plenty of attention, mainly because it harms Apple’s reputation of possessing the most robust security in the industry with the iPhone.
Apple is hitting back today with a news release disputing the scope of what the Google report entails. Apple claims that Google “creates the false impression of ‘mass exploitation’ to ‘monitor the private activities of entire populations in real time,’ stoking fear among all iPhone users that their devices had been compromised. This was never the case.”
Apple said the attacks were “narrowly focused” affecting fewer than a dozen websites focused on the Uighur community, a Muslim minority native to Western China. Apple also said these websites attacks were active for roughly two months, not the two year Google had suggested.