Apple Has Confirmed Uighurs Were Targeted In Wide-Ranging Phone Hacking Scheme

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Ryan Mac
BuzzFeed News Reporter
Jason Leopold
BuzzFeed News Reporter
Last updated on September 6, 2019, at 2:55 p.m. ET
Posted on September 6, 2019, at 1:57 p.m. ET

Apple said Friday that a massive phone hacking scheme that affected Apple and Android phones targeted Uighurs, a persecuted Muslim ethnic minority group whose people have been imprisoned by the Chinese government.

In a blog post, the iPhone-maker took issue with some of the findings released by Google researchers last week that publicized vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS operating system, noting that Google’s disclosure came six months after Apple had patched them. Apple claimed that Google’s research created “the false impression” of a “mass exploitation” and that the attacks were only operational for two months, not two years, as first implied by Google.

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