Confirmed: Google’s Android Suffers Sustained Attacks By Anti-Uighur Hackers

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Thomas Brewster Forbes Staff
Cybersecurity
I cover crime, privacy and security in digital and physical forms.

Just a day after Forbes reported that Google and Microsoft operating systems were under assault by the same hackers who tried to pilfer private data from Apple iPhones of Uighur citizens, it’s been confirmed that Androids of the target Muslim communities have been under heavy attack.

And the hacks were launched in a similar way as those on iPhones: Websites serving news and information for the Uighur community would try to snoop on any visiting device. That’s according to researchers at cybersecurity company Volexity, who reported on Monday that they had found 11 different Uighur and East Turkestan websites that were “strategically compromised” to deliver attacks, with four used to target Google’s operating system. They included sites for the Uighur Academy, Turkistan Press, Turkistan TV and Istiqlal Haber.

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