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  • China spied on Uyghur population with the recently discovered iPhone exploits


    The recentl iPhone exploit discovered by Project Zero has apparently been utilized for more than two years by the chinese government to spy on its Uyghur population living in the Xinjiang province.




     




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    A number of malicious websites used to hack into iPhones over a two-year period were targeting Uyghur Muslims, TechCrunch has learned.




    Sources familiar with the matter said the websites were part of a state-backed attack — likely China — designed to target the Uyghur community in the country’s Xinjiang state.




    It’s part of the latest effort by the Chinese government to crack down on the minority Muslim community in recent history. In the past year, Beijing has detained more than a million Uyghurs in internment camps, according to a United Nations human rights committee.




    Google security researchers found and recently disclosed the malicious websites this week, but until now it wasn’t known who they were targeting.






    Original exploit disclosure




    China backed group behind many of the incidents



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