More rubbish from the sensationalists at ZDNet:
The discovery that malicious websites have been able to deliver malware to iPhones for years should be a wakeup call for users that Apple puts boasting about security ahead of actual security.
Snide remark from a so-called technology writer who failed to do due diligence on the story.
The facts? Apple:
- The sophisticated attack was narrowly focused, not a broad-based exploit of iPhones “en masse” as described. The attack affected fewer than a dozen websites that focus on content related to the Uighur community (in China).
- Google’s post, issued six months after iOS patches were released, creates the false impression of “mass exploitation” to “monitor the private activities of entire populations in real time,” stoking fear among all iPhone users that their devices had been compromised. This was never the case.
- All evidence indicates that these website attacks were only operational for a brief period, roughly two months, not “two years” as Google implies.
- We fixed the vulnerabilities in question in February — working extremely quickly to resolve the issue just 10 days after we learned about it.
Where are the retractions? Fake news, indeed, ZDNet.