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Chinese government likely behind iCloud attacks to compromise users

The Chinese government is reportedly compromising Chinese Apple iCloud users, with attacks launching on the same day as iPhone 6, 6 Plus availability
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Oct 21, 2014 12:30 am

Chinese iCloud users are under attack, likely by Chinese government state-sponsored hackers, in an effort to compromise Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. Users are hijacked by data that is routed through a malicious third party, utilizing a self-signed certificate that makes victims believe they are accessing iCloud through the SSL-protected service.

 

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It wouldn't be surprising to hear the Chinese government wants to compromise users - especially with security researchers noting potential gaps in iCloud security - as the "great firewall" of China undergoing change. Despite the Chinese government trying to clamp down on what Internet users have access to, there are a number of ways to bypass security.

 

"This is clearly a malicious attack on Apple in an effort to gain access to usernames and passwords and consequently all data stored on iCloud, such as iMessages, photos, and contacts," according to the Great Fire Chinese Internet freedom group. "If users ignored the security warning and clicked through to the Apple site and entered their username and password, this information has now been compromised by the Chinese authorities."

NEWS SOURCES:Theguardian.com, Static2.businessinsider.com

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