On Friday, Apple issued a rare statement over a report published last week by Google’s elite hacking team Project Zero about major security flaws found in the iPhone’s operating system (iOS) and used by malicious hackers to monitor en masse iPhone users.
In essence, the technology giant accused its Silicon Valley neighbor to have exaggerated the extent of the massive attack campaign that was specifically aimed at iPhone users.
“First, the sophisticated attack was narrowly focused, not a broad-based exploit of iPhones “en masse” as described,” said Apple. “The attack affected fewer than a dozen websites that focus on content related to the Uighur community.”
Uighurs are a Muslim minority ethnic group mainly located in China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang and this is the first time that anyone officially confirmed that the iPhone hacking campaign specifically targeted this religious group—although anonymous sources did previously confirm the situation to Forbes’ security and privacy reporter Thomas Brewster.
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