How China used iPhone hack in Uyghur genocide

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MIT analyzed the infamous Chaos hack that targeted iPhones and found evidence suggesting the Chinese government is using civilian hacking competitions to find new hacks for its strategic hacking program — saying that China seemed to have used such a hack as part of its genocidal strategy to erase its Muslim minority.

1. MIT researchers looking at computer screen, discussing hacker code
2. Uyghur men sitting on ground bound, eyes covered; people protesting against genocide
3. Chinese military hackers in office hall, hacking into Uyghur devices, photo of protester
4. Chinese hackers stopped by Chinese police at airport as they prepare to depart
5. Cont.: they are denied leaving, told to attend Chinese hacker competition instead
6. Show phone of Uyghur person being hacked while he sleeps

VOICEOVER (in English):
MIT's Technology Review magazine recently analyzed the infamous Chaos hack that targeted iPhones in 2018, suggesting that China used a civilian competition to create the hack and then used it to spy on its Uyghur Muslim minority.

The U.S. accuses China of committing genocide against its Uyghur population.

The magazine linked the hack to a statement made in 2017 by the CEO of the Chinese cybersecurity giant Qihoo 360, when he said Chinese hackers should stop participating in international hacking competitions, as such competitions give tech companies the chance to fix the hacks before China could use it to spy on people.

The Chinese government agreed, forbidding its hackers to participate in such competitions.

The next year the first Tianfu Cup competition was held in China, where citizens are forced by law to help Chinese spy agencies.

The magazine says that U.S. officials and tech companies later found that the prize-winning hack at that Tianfu Cup was very similar to the hack used later that year to infiltrate iPhones used by Uyghurs and their supporters.

SOURCES: MIT Technology Review, Newsweek, Forbes