Security report on iPhone hack created ‘false impression’: Apple

Joanna Estrada
September 11, 2019

As Apple has done in prior years, the media and analysts have predicted that the tech giant will reveal three new iPhone 11 models, including an improved "pro" model.

Concerns about iOS security have been swirling since Google published a blog that outlined some vulnerabilities it discovered within iOS.

Apple iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max are said to come with a 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays respectively. But on Friday, it was prompted to respond after hearing from customers concerned about the threat. The implant then gained access to virtually everything on the hacked devices, including the contents of private conversations, contacts, images, live locations, and credentials. The exploit labored through malicious websites, which upon visiting may perchance per chance well compromise iPhone's safety. Now, that's a significant amount of traffic.

Apple spokesman Fred Sainz said in a statement the research released by Google created a "false impression" that large numbers of iPhone users may have been compromised.

Apple's angry statement seems to be carrying this message as well. Based on that, it's entirely possible that people in other parts of the world visited those sites too.

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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.

Second, the websites were operational for only about two months, while the report gives the impression that iPhones were being hacked for two years.

Apple claims that it fixed the exploits within 10 days of learning about them, and that, "When Google approached us, we were already in the process of fixing the exploited bugs". Despite the competitors between Apple and Google, the Project Zero crew does no longer target Apple alone. The Project Zero team made no mention of any potential Android vulnerabilities that could be targeted in such a way. Besides, this isn't exactly the first time it's found something involving Apple - the group has reported over 200 vulnerabilities to the company to date, most without this kind of fanfare or controversy. Moreover, Apple wants to make clear it's still ahead of the competition's security because it takes responsibility "for the security of [its] hardware and software".

Google insists it did not know Android was affected - but it is well aware how it looks. In response to Apple's criticism, Project Zero has issued a statement standing by its "in-depth research which was written to focus on the technical aspects of these vulnerabilities".

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