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Google Finds Evidence Of Attempted Mass iPhone Hack - CBS Detroit

Google Finds Evidence Of Attempted Mass iPhone Hack - CBS Detroit Google Finds Evidence Of Attempted Mass iPhone Hack - CBS Detroit
Cecil Davis | 02 September, 2019, 09:26

Last week, researchers at Project Zero basically uncovered a series of hacked websites that have been attacking iPhones for years without anyone knowing.

There was no target discrimination as simply visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack the iPhone, and if it was successful, install a monitoring implant.

As of past year, more than two million Uyghurs and Muslim minorities have been thrown into concentration camps, made to memorize Communist Party propaganda, and renounce Islam, prompting over 20 countries to call on China to halt its mass detention efforts. In the past year, Beijing has detained more than a million Uyghurs in internment camps, according to a United Nations human rights committee.

The implant used to be able to giving hackers get entry to to iPhone customers' contacts, footage and site, in addition to information from apps like iMessage, WhatsApp, Telegram, Gmail and Google Hangouts, in step with the Project Zero researchers. In gaining unfettered access to the iPhone's software, an attacker could read a victim's messages, passwords, and track their location in near-real time. After reporting their findings to Apple, the iPhone manufacturer patched the vulnerabilities earlier this year.

According to Google's Project Zero team, malicious websites have been visited a thousand times per week by innocent users.

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One of the sources told TechCrunch the websites used to infect iPhones had been inadvertently indexed by Google's search engine, prompting the Federal Bureau of Investigation to alert Google to ask for the site to be removed from its index to prevent infections, they added. It's a common tactic to target phone owners with spyware.

A Google spokesperson would not comment beyond the published research.

Google faced some criticism following its bombshell report for not releasing the websites used in the attacks.

"The implant has access to nearly all of the personal information available on the device, which it is able to upload, unencrypted, to the attacker's server", Beer said. "These attacks likely have the goal of spying on the Uighur population in China, the Uyghur diaspora outside of China and people who sympathise with and might wish to help the Uighur in their struggle for independence". An email requesting comment to the Chinese consulate in NY was unreturned.