Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Apple slams Google for raising false alarm on iOS vulnerabilities

Apple Security report on iPhone hack created 'false impression' Apple Security report on iPhone hack created ‘false impression’ AFP6 Sep 2019
Emmett Howard | 11 September, 2019, 14:46

Apple has slammed Google for creating a false impression about its iPhones being at hacking risk owing to security flaws that allegedly let several malicious websites break into its iOS operating system.

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.

Apple strikes back at Google over security flaw report Apple has broken its silence on Google's recent bombshell report exposing security flaws that could be exploited to hack iPhones. If it's any consolation, the company says it takes all attacks seriously, regardless of their scale. "This was never the case", Apple said.

"Simply visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your device, and if it was successful, install a monitoring implant".

Johnson warned that general election 'is coming'
Voting against a general election offered by the sitting PM when Labour has been calling for one for months is not a good look. Johnson acknowledged Monday that a no-deal Brexit "would be a failure of statecraft" for which he would be partially to blame.

Apple unveils latest iPhones, Apple Watch
The company also announced a new iPad - the seventh version - that comes with a larger 10.2in display and a full-size keyboard. Starting that day, anyone who can access the Apple TV app on their devices can begin subscribing for $4.99/month.

Protests erupt as Boris Johnson suspends Parliament
Or, in former PM Tony Blair's words , "I personally believe so strongly in Brexit that I would do virtually anything to stop it". He was given a standing ovation from many members of the Lower House as he announced his plan to stand down in the coming weeks.

About a week ago, security researchers from Google's Project Zero team provided us with details of an extremely sophisticated malware attack targeting China's Uyghur Muslim community. To put this in perspective, Apple has already stated that they have been working on a foldable smartphone so this could be the direction the company is working on.

Last week, Google published a blog about vulnerabilities that Apple fixed for iOS users in February.

The security holes were patch in iOS 12.1.4 on February 7, 2019, and there were even news reports right after the patch about the security holes that were closed. Earlier this week, Yonathan Klijnsma, Head of Threat Research at RiskIQ, told ZDNet in a private conversation that the attacks were indeed very targeted, and that Google was wrong in its initial assessment. Despite the competitors between Apple and Google, the Project Zero crew does no longer target Apple alone. However, Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) said that it found exploits "covering nearly every version from iOS 10 through to the latest version of iOS 12". In a new statement released today, the iPhone-maker accuses Google of generating a "false impression" that its software was a lot more vulnerable to hacks than it actually is. Security is also a centrepiece of Apple's first credit card, the Apple Card, which launched last month. The company said that technical research was posted to help people better understand security vulnerabilities and create better defensive strategies.

While Apple claims they will "never stop our tireless work to keep our users safe", it seems more likely the company will never stop defending their ill-deserved (as reality repeatedly demonstrates) reputation for safety and privacy.

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