Chinese Authorities Reportedly Staging iCloud Phishing Attacks

Chinese Authorities Reportedly Staging iCloud Phishing Attacks

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According to Great Fire, Chinese authorities are reportedly using a 'man-in-the-middle attack' to gather usernames and passwords from Chinese iCloud Users. Chinese officials have reportedly set up a firewall that blocks all connections to iCloud.com, and redirects users to dummy site that looks exactly like Apple's iCloud login page.

This is clearly a malicious attack on Apple in an effort to gain access to usernames and passwords and consequently all data stored on iCloud such as iMessages, photos, contacts, etc. Unlike the recent attack on Google, this attack is nationwide and coincides with the launch today in China of the newest iPhone. While the attacks on Google and Yahoo enabled the authorities to snoop on what information Chinese were accessing on those two platforms, the Apple attack is different. If users ignored the security warning and clicked through to the Apple site and entered their username and password, this information has now been compromised by the Chinese authorities. Many Apple customers use iCloud to store their personal information, including iMessages, photos and contacts. This may also somehow be related again to images and videos of the Hong Kong protests being shared on the mainland.

Since this phishing attempt is taking place at a high level, it is very likely that the Chinese authorities are indeed behind this attack to gather usernames and passwords. A similar attack is also being launched against Microsoft's login.live.com accounts.

Great Fire advises Chinese users to use a trusted web browser such as FireFox and Chrome, which will warn users of the phishing attempt. Unfortunately, Qihoo, the most popular browse in China, is not warning users of the attack.

The phishing attempt comes just as Apple has recently launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the country.

via The Verge


Chinese Authorities Reportedly Staging iCloud Phishing Attacks
iProService - October 21, 2014 at 5:10pm
Makes me wonder how "safe" our computers and devices are after using pangu.
Chul - October 21, 2014 at 11:56am
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dave vangina - October 21, 2014 at 8:33am
One more reason to buy Samsung. Samsung clearly wins. They do not even need new phones, just wait for more bugs showing up on iPhonies.
Ban the Trolls!!! - October 21, 2014 at 8:58am
You're obviously a complete retarded moron. How does owning a Samsung phone change things or make them any safer? Their phones run android and require a google account which have also been targeted. You're just another clueless delusional troll that obviously has no common sense or a brain in his head.
grave hole - October 21, 2014 at 10:52am
Samsung clearly wins? You think a bug that doesn't cause anything to not function yet and you think we're that foolish to switch? Besides you are right they don't need new phones because they can't compete anymore, so face it and admit it after iphone 6. The only good it ever was is size. That was to,predict how iphone made that experience better but what good is a knockoff anymore. Just wait for more hipsters to attempt to blind us over.
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