Apple disputes Google's iPhone hacking report

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Apple issued a strongly worded statement on September 6 calling into question Google's recently published research about a widespread hacking operation targeting iPhones.

In a news release, Apple said Google's findings created a "false impression" about the attacks. The tech company said the hackings were "narrowly focused" and affected fewer than a dozen websites that provide content related to the Muslim Uyghurs in China.

Google's Project Zero had uncovered a hacking operation in which websites would install a monitoring implant to steal sensitive data from iPhones if users simply visit the site.

Google did not name the infected websites or the target of the attacks.

Apple claims that the attacks took place for only two months, refuting Google's claims that the attacks were over a two-year period.

In the news release, Apple goes on to say that it was already in the process of fixing the exploited bugs in the iPhones when Google approached the company. Apple says it fixed the vulnerabilities 10 days after it found out about the issue.

Project Zero found a total of 14 different vulnerabilities across different iPhone operating systems from iOS10 to iOS12.

In a statement to the Verge, Google said it stands by its report, adding that it will "continue to work with Apple and other leading companies to help keep people safe online."

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Apple icon, Google icon, the type of websites the hackings affected
2. A monitoring implant is installed in the phone
3. How long Apple claim the attacks took place
4. Apple fixing the exploited bugs

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Apple issued a strongly worded statement on September 6 calling into question Google's recently published research about a widespread hacking operation targeting iPhones."

"In a news release, Apple said Google's findings created a 'false impression' about the attacks."

"The tech company said the hackings were 'narrowly focused' and affected fewer than a dozen websites that provide content related to the Muslim Uyghurs in China."

"Google's Project Zero had uncovered a hacking operation in which websites would install a monitoring implant to steal sensitive data from iPhones if users simply visit the site."

"Google did not name the infected websites or the target of the attacks."

"Apple claims that the attacks took place for only two months, refuting Google's claims that the attacks were over a two-year period."

"In the news release, Apple goes on to say that it was already in the process of fixing the exploited bugs in the iPhones when Google approached the company."

"Apple says it fixed the vulnerabilities 10 days after it found out about the issue."

SOURCES: Apple, USA Today, CRN, CNBC, The Verge, Google Project Zero, BBC News
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2019/09/a-message-about-ios-security/
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/09/08/apple-google-feud-intensifies-false-iphone-security-flaws/2257170001/
https://www.crn.com/news/mobility/apple-slams-google-s-iphone-hack-disclosure-created-false-impression-
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/06/apple-fires-back-at-google-report-over-iphone-security-flaws.html
https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/6/20853115/apple-google-iphone-security-flaw-uighur-community-fud
https://googleprojectzero.blogspot.com/2019/08/a-very-deep-dive-into-ios-exploit.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49617081