The Chinese government used a particular iPhone hack to spy on Uyghur Muslims and take full control of their phones.
He postpones he claims that Chinese hackers who managed to exploit this iPhone hack have repeatedly entered the annual Pwn2Own contest designed to discover and exploit zero-day security vulnerabilities. Hackers win cash prizes, and issues are reported to affected companies so they can be resolved before details are shared publicly.
MIT Technology Review says that all changed in 2017, when the CEO of a large Chinese tech firm accused his country’s attendees of treachery.
In an unexpected statement, billionaire founder and CEO of Chinese cybersecurity giant Qihoo 360, one of the leading tech companies in China, publicly criticized Chinese citizens who went overseas to participate in hacking competitions. In an interview with the Sina news site, Zhou Hongyi said that good performances at such events represented only “imaginary” success. Zhou warned that many hackers in his country were banned from participating in these contests or displaying minor hacks so that the Chinese government could have control.
A hack discovered in 2018 led to a $ 200,000 prize and involved a chain of exploits that allowed you to take control of the latest iPhones quickly and easily. By taking advantage of the Safari web browser, an attacker could remotely take over any iPhone that visited a web page containing the malicious code. It is the type of hack that can potentially be sold for millions of dollars on the market to give criminals or governments the ability to spy on large numbers of people. Apple solved it about two months later, but in the meantime it had been used by the Chinese government to spy on the iPhones of Uighur Muslims.
“The accident is serious” conclude Zhou. “One of China’s security elites hacked an iPhone and garnered public acclaim and a large amount of money for it. Virtually overnight, Chinese intelligence used it as a weapon against a besieged minority ethnic group, striking before Apple could fix the problem. It was a brazen act carried out in broad daylight and with the knowledge that there would be no consequences to talk about “.
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