Apple: A message about iOS security

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A message about iOS security

Last week, Google published a blog about vulnerabilities that Apple fixed for
iOS users in February. We've heard from customers who were concerned by some
of the claims, and we want to make sure all of our customers have the facts.

First, the sophisticated attack was narrowly focused, not a broad-based
exploit of iPhones "en masse" as described. The attack affected fewer than
a dozen websites that focus on content related to the Uighur community.
Regardless of the scale of the attack, we take the safety and security of all
users extremely seriously.

Google's post, issued six months after iOS patches were released, creates
the false impression of "mass exploitation" to "monitor the private
activities of entire populations in real time," stoking fear among all
iPhone users that their devices had been compromised. This was never the

Second, all evidence indicates that these website attacks were only
operational for a brief period, roughly two months, not "two years" as
Google implies. We fixed the vulnerabilities in question in February -  
working extremely quickly to resolve the issue just 10 days after we learned
about it. When Google approached us, we were already in the process of fixing
the exploited bugs.

Security is a never-ending journey and our customers can be confident we are
working for them. iOS security is unmatched because we take end-to-end
responsibility for the security of our hardware and software. Our product
security teams around the world are constantly iterating to introduce new
protections and patch vulnerabilities as soon as they're found. We will
never stop our tireless work to keep our users safe.

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