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Apple’s iCloud service in China hacked, Chinese government alleged responsible

Apple CEO Tim Cook looks at a new IMac after presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino

Apple is steadily undergoing the hack scanner; According to a Chinese web monitoring group, the Cupertino tech giant’s iCloud storage service in China was attacked by hackers attempting to steal user credentials.

The web monitoring group believes, Beijing government could be behind the attack, which is referred to as ‘man-in-the-middle’ (MITM) attack. In the attack the hackers interposed their website in between the Apple iCloud server and the user accessing his information on the server.

By doing so, hackers tried to potentially gain access to user information, such as, passwords, photos, contacts or iMessages etc.

The hack comes weeks after Apple planned to store iCloud data of Chinese users on China Telecom servers, and amid the launch of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China, which has been through regressive talks of cyber security concerns between China and Apple. Chinese web monitoring group, Greatfire.org that conducts research on internet censorship in China, believes that an attack of this magnitude cannot be conducted without knowledge of telecom giants like China Telecom.

Greatfire.org alleged Chinese government involvement in the hack. Greatfire.org is stubborn on its claims since it believes the hack is pretty similar to previous attacks by the government on Google, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Hotmail – email client.

Apple representatives have come out to deny the allegations that Chinese government was behind the attack. Apple confirms that it has updated its technical support page to ensure users can protect the accounts from such attacks.

Via: Reuters

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