“The Chinese government has denied reports that it was involved in an attempt to steal user data from iCloud accounts within the country,” BBC News reports. “According to campaign website greatfire.org the service was subjected to a ‘man in the middle’ (MITM) attack. It took the form of a false website placed between the genuine log-in page and iCloud’s servers.”
“Greatfire said it resembled other government-backed attacks but a spokesman denied any involvement,” The Beeb reports. “Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry, told journalists the government was ‘resolutely opposed’ to hacking. China Telecom, the country’s state-owned internet provider, also said the accusation was ‘untrue and unfounded.'”
“However, two security experts claim the allegations of government involvement are credible,” The Beeb reports. “‘The finger is definitely pointing in that direction,’ Prof Alan Woodward, a security researcher from the University of Surrey, told the BBC… ‘All the evidence I’ve seen would support that this is a real attack,’ said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure. ‘The Chinese government is directly attacking Chinese users of Apple’s products.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: In related news, the Chinese government says this guy was merely on his way to attend a lovely springtime picnic with tank operators and their adorable pugs before he magically disappeared into thin air:
Apple’s iCloud service under man-in-the-middle attack in mainland China – October 21, 2014