While clarifying the extent of the attack, Apple suggested that its utmost focus is on the security of the users, whatever the nature of the security concerns.
The iPhone XS was rather similar to the iPhone X before it, and once again we're expecting mainly incremental upgrades, focused largely on the phones' cameras, rather than anything particularly new or innovative - but this is Apple, so you never know.
Visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your device, and if it was successful, to install a monitoring implant. At last, Apple notorious that once Google reported its findings, they had already been engaged on a fix, which then came out within days. The company also says that when the search engine giant approached it in February, it was already working on fixing the bug.More news: Apple Arcade launch date and price finally revealed
In a brief summary of Google's blog, it found malicioius websites were accessing user's phones and stealing privata data like messages, location, photos and more.
Google's post, published on August 29, said it was able to identify five separate iPhone exploit chains that worked on nearly every operating-system version from iOS 10 to iOS 12, the current iPhone software. Apple says that security is always a work in progress and that iOS security is unmatched.
Google is used to getting publicly chastised for security vulnerabilities - Android is open source, but Apple has the benefit of quietly patching exploits as it finds them in its closed software.
In response, a Google spokesperson told PCMag the company's researchers released the report on the iPhone hacks "to advance the understanding of security vulnerabilities, which leads to better defensive strategies".More news: The Google Pixel 4's announcement date may have just leaked
Apple is about to show some new devices this September. It concluded: "We will never stop our tireless work to keep our users safe".
The Cupertino-based company said iPhone customers reached out, concerned about their safety, because of Google's erroneous report.
For its part, Google responded to Apple's statement, saying it stands by "our in-depth research which was written to focus on the technical aspects" of these vulnerabilities.
In early September, security firm Volexity disclosed that similar "watering-hole" attacks on Android devices used by Uyghurs had been observed in the wild.More news: Apple's iOS 13 Will Arrive on September 19