On Friday, the 6th of September 2019, the Cupertino-based iPhone manufacturer, Apple Inc. had confirmed that the Uighurs, a Muslim minority group native to the Xinjiang Uyghur region of the People’s Republic of China and contemplated as a threat to Chinese sovereignty, had been the target of attacks due to security flaws in the iPhone, nonetheless, Apple Inc.
had discarded rival Alphabet Inc.’s Google’s claims that the hackers were tracking smartphone users in real time. In point of fact, researchers of Google Project Zero, members of which had unveiled five security flaws of iPhone OS, had been quoted saying on Friday (September 6th), “Five security flaws led to a sustained effort to hack the users of iPhones in certain communities over a period of at least two years.
” Although the Google researchers did not specify the identity of the communities, but media reports across the world including CNN, TechCrunch alongside other press agencies revealed that the attacks were capitalized in a bid to monitor the Uighurs, widely called as a Turkish Muslim minority native to central Asian part of China.
Aside from that, latest confirmation of hacking activities on iPhones of Uighurs by Apple Inc. came forth a day after a press agency had reported that the Beijing had been hacking telecommunication companies in order to keep track of Uighur travellers.
Nonetheless, adding that the issue was fixed back in February this year, Apple Inc. had been quoted saying on Friday (September 6th) that the attacks “were narrowly focused” and impacted activities on less than a dozen websites with "contents linked to Uighur community", meanwhile denying Google researchers’ claim of a mass-scale hack on iPhone users.