Sophisticated iPhone malware specifically targeted China’s Uyghur Muslims

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sophisticated exploit targeting iPhone users. The exploit itself relied upon a number of 0-day vulnerabilities and, somewhat curiously, indiscriminately installed malware on any device that happened to visit an infected website.” data-reactid=”19″>Late last week, security researchers from Google’s Project Zero team provided us with fascinating details regarding a sophisticated exploit targeting iPhone users. The exploit itself relied upon a number of 0-day vulnerabilities and, somewhat curiously, indiscriminately installed malware on any device that happened to visit an infected website.

Once installed, the malware would collect a user’s photos, private messages, passwords, and even send GPS location data in real-time. Initially, the Project Zero team didn’t mention who was behind the malware or who it targeted, save for a cryptic message that it may have been designed to target a specific ethnic group.

Additionally, some Muslims in Uyghur areas have actually been banned from fasting during the month of Ramadan in years past.

Apple patched the iOS vulnerabilities back in February, but the broader takeaway here is that even a company as security-minded as Apple can be left playing catch-up when dealing with state-sponsored malware.

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