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Apple's iCloud Attacked By Chinese Hackers; Beijing Denies Responsibility

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Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iCloud storage and backup service in China was hacked by Chinese individuals attempting to steal users information, Reuters reported.

Citing a Chinese-based web monitoring group Greatfire, the Chinese government may have been complicit in the hack to gain passwords, iMessages, photos and contacts from Apple users.

The Chinese government stated it was "resolutely opposed" to hacking, noting that the Chinese government itself was a victim in the attack.

A security expert at F-Secure told Reuters that he doubts the government's claim of not being complicit in the hack. Mikko Hypponnen, chief research officer at F-Secure said that the Chinese government is "directly attacking Chinese users of Apple's products."

Greatfire independently concluded that the origin of the attack was from within China and could not have been pulled off without the knowledge of Chinese telecom and Internet providers like China Telecom. The web monitoring group did add that the timing of the attack may not be linked to Apple's move to store user data on China Telecom services.

 

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