iCloud may have been hacked by Chinese government

The Chinese government is known for its censorship and snooping around users' data. Apple has been one of the main targets for a while now.

Published Date
21 - Oct - 2014
| Last Updated
21 - Oct - 2014
iCloud may have been hacked by Chinese government

The Chinese government has been accused of trying to wiretap Apple customers within the country. The report came in from Great Fire, which is a non-profit organisation monitoring Internet censorship within China. The organisation claimed that the authorities had laid a trap that was meant to gain the login credentials for iCloud users using a man-in-the-middle attack.

It doesn’t stop there. According to Great Fire, the attack is meant to gain access to usernames and passwords and then get to all other data that is stored on iCloud like iMessages, contacts, pictures and other data.
This is not the first time Great Fire has made an allegation like this though. The organisation had earlier reported a similar case against the Chinese government involving Google. 

Such allegations against the Chinese government aren’t new either. Earlier this month another security firm had found evidence of an iOS malware that was targeting iPhones in Hong Kong. The new allegations by Great Fire have also been linked to the recent iCloud hack, although there is no evidence to suggest that the Chinese government was actually behind that.

Apple has also recently started encrypting data acquired on Chinese soil. This coupled with the encryption feature in the new iOS 8 operating system highlights Apple's measures to ensure user privacy. The iOS 8 encryption promises to secure data even from the NSA.

Source: Techcrunch

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