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Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets with Top Chinese Official After iCloud Login Harvesting Claims

timcook.png Apple CEO Tim Cook met with a top Chinese government official in Beijing Wednesday to discuss the security of user data, reports Reuters. The meeting comes after web censorship blog Great Fire claimed earlier this week that hackers worked with Chinese authorities to harvest Apple ID information from Chinese users visiting iCloud.com.

Yesterday, Apple issued a statement acknowledging the attacks on its servers and launched a new browser security guide on its website. The guide stressed the importance of digital certificates, asking users to check for any certificate warnings in their browser and ensure that they are connected to iCloud.com versus a malicious third-party website that resembles the service's homepage.

China has become an increasingly important market for Apple, as the company now has eleven retail stores in the country and sells the iPhone on all three major wireless carriers. Apple also launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China last Friday following a week of successful pre-orders.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.



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57 months ago

I'd pay good money to listen in on that meeting.


Just watch the stream, Apple are good at letting us listen to Chinese people during them.
Rating: 20 Votes
57 months ago
I'd pay good money to listen in on that meeting.
Rating: 17 Votes
57 months ago
The USA intelligence agencies harvest huge amounts of our online data from major IT companies.

The Chinese just want parity in the arms race.
Rating: 10 Votes
57 months ago
Just the fact that the meeting took place gives credence to the claim that a Chinese gov't agency was involved in some way.
Rating: 8 Votes
57 months ago
I'm surprised that the Chinese govmnt even allows ios8 with all its security and encryption on the device unless apple has given them the back door key. The ppl there don't have any right to privacy under communism.
Rating: 8 Votes
57 months ago

Do you understand Chinese? LOL


Does Tim Cook speak or understand Chinese? I doubt it. There will be at least a translator, so you would be able to hear everything in English.
Rating: 6 Votes
57 months ago

The USA intelligence agencies harvest huge amounts of our online data from major IT companies...


That's right. They have access to and have stored in the great NSA data center ALL of your documents, pictures, data AND meta-data that you've EVER uploaded to iCloud (and other services) for many years.

No amount of encryption, password-changing or firmware / hard-wired security will protect our data or privacy, people - as long as the government (and others) have their backdoors / or are given the key to access. Period.
Rating: 5 Votes
57 months ago

Keep reminding the Chinese government every few weeks that ... Apple will leave.


China is the leading country for human rights abuses, yet Western governments and companies scramble to China to sign economic deals.

Again, China will do what China will do - take it, or leave it.

We need a little less naiveté on the MR forum.
Rating: 4 Votes
57 months ago

Just watch the stream, Apple are good at letting us listen to Chinese people during them.


Laughed way too hard at this. I'm also loving the Darkplace references on your profile picture/signature.
Rating: 4 Votes
57 months ago


Type https://www.apple.com into Safari. If it responds with an error that the certificate that the site returned is not quite correct, then you know there's a phishing attack.


That's not a phishing attack.
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