Apple fights iCloud hack reports, could be collateral damage of a massive cybersecurity push

Apple fights iCloud hack reports, could be innocent victim of coordinated cybersecurity push
Apple was forced into explanation mode yesterday and had to issue an urgent press release about the Bloomberg hacking report that basically claims China might have infiltrated its servers and network, including the ones for the iCloud storage service.

The report lists Apple as just one of about 30 US companies allegedly compromised by a microchip that the intelligence wing of the People's Liberation Army placed in motherboards destined for their servers. The thing is, however, that the Bloomberg report bases its investigation on anonymous national security sources, yet Apple, as well as Amazon and the others involved, strongly deny their claims. As you can read in the press release below, "Bloomberg’s reporters have not been open to the possibility that they or their sources might be wrong or misinformed," says Apple.

If Apple is correct, it won't be the first time that intelligence sources are tipping stories for political purposes, and the media gulps them hook, line and sinker, either. After all, yesterday we witnessed a highly unusual and seemingly coordinated media onslaught detailing Chinese and Russian weaponized cyber activities for the Western public. The "Big Hack" report that implicated Apple's iCloud servers was the star of the media effort on the US side, while Russian military intelligence activities in the UK, Netherlands, Australia and Canada were "exposed" by local media, again based on information from these countries' own three-letter agencies.

Such a synchronized push is unprecedented, say cybersecurity analysts, and risks a boomerang bare-it-all effect with reciprocal strength against the West's own spying efforts by China or Russia. Why did the intelligence agencies schedule those hacking claims now then? Analysts argue that an ongoing NATO get-together may have something to do with it, as the US wants to establish a dedicated NATO cybersecurity command with its own budget to counter the East's influence.

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A media blitz that is painting China and Russia as dangerous cyberbullies for the general public would certainly help push this agenda among allies, and Apple may just be collateral damage in the ongoing spy wars, forcing it into the iCloud hack explanation mode you can read below.

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