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While the messaging applications may encrypt data in transit, it is readable at rest on iPhones. Google researcher Ian Beer said in a blog posted late Thursday that the discovery should dispel any notion that it costs a million dollars to successfully hack an iPhone.
That's a reference to the case of a United Arab Emirates dissident whose iPhone was infected in with so-called zero-day exploits, which have been known to fetch such high prices. The discovery was made by Google researchers at Project Zero, which hunts security vulnerabilities in software and microprocessor firmware, independent of their manufacturer, that criminals, state-sponsored hackers and intelligence agencies use. Beer said his team estimated that the infected websites used in the "indiscriminate watering hole attacks" receive thousands of visitors per week.
He said the team collected five separate chains of exploits covering Apple's iOS system as far back as version 10, released in Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why it did not detect the vulnerabilities on its own and if it can assure users that such a general attack could not happen again.brewusasin.ga
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Privacy assurance is central to the Apple brand. Neither Google nor Beer responded immediately to questions about the attackers or the targets, though Beer provided a hint in his blog post: "To be targeted might mean simply being born in a certain geographic region or being part of a certain ethnic group.
Williams, of Rendition Security, said the spyware implant wasn't written to transmit stolen data securely, suggesting an authoritarian state was behind it. He speculated that it was likely used to target political dissidents. Click Here to access the online Public Inspection File.
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