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.

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Top Rated Comments

0098386 Avatar
125 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.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jsameds Avatar
125 months ago
I'd pay good money to listen in on that meeting.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Macist Avatar
125 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.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JosephAW Avatar
125 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.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MyopicPaideia Avatar
125 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.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gnasher729 Avatar
125 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.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)