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Apple Responds to Google’s Claim of Widespread iOS Security Flaws

One week ago, Google published a highly critical report on Apple security flaws. Today, Apple responds with a press release.

Google alleges that iOS security flaws exposed users to malware for two years. Apple’s latest press release minimizes the damage and impact to users.

Apple contends that less than twelve highly targeted websites were involved in the attack. The malicious sites installed surveillance malware on devices, targeting members of the Uighur ethnicity. The Cupertino company affirms their commitment to security and safety, even when only a few customers are affected.

Google is accused of using scare tactics to misinform Apple customers. Their report comes six months after Apple patched the software. Furthermore, Google’s claims are misleading, with inflated estimates of affected users. According to Apple, Google created the impression that virtually all iPhones were hacked and under surveillance. The reality is that very few users were affected and it was patched in a timely manner. Unlike competitors, Apple offers iOS updates to devices that are four or more years old.

Apple contests the attack’s duration in their recent press release. Their analysis reveals only two months of malicious activity, not the two years that Google suggests. Apple fixed the flaw within 10 days of finding the issue. Google reported it after Apple discovered the flaw and had already been working on a solution. The press release ends with Apple’s claim to tirelessly provide safe and secure technology.

Cyber security is key to selling technology. A recent IBM survey of 4000 participants reveals that security now ranks over convenience. Apple, in particular, positions security, safety and privacy as selling points for the iPhone and other devices.

Google’s report, which comes weeks before the upcoming iPhone event, seems to be a thinly veiled competitive move, more than a quest for transparency. Apple’s jabs at their competitors’ use of personal data for profit are also part of this competitive battle.


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