Apple has an issue with the way its competitor, Google, handled their reporting of a security issue within Apple’s software.
Apple believes Google’s post created panic for iPhone users and created a “false impression” about the situation.
Last month, Google’s team identified a security flaw in Apple’s iOS and posted a blog post about it. The flaw put iPhone users data at risk if they happened to visit a malicious website.
Google states that “simply visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your device, and if it was successful, install a monitoring implant.”
Apple said they had already flagged the issue and ten days after being contacted by Google, it was fixed.
They then fired back at Google saying that their post created panic “amount all iPhone users that their devices at been compromised.” They argued that fewer than a dozen sites had been affected.
In a statement, Apple said “Google’s post … creates the false impression of ‘mass exploitation’ to ‘monitor the private activities of entire populations in real-time,’ … This was never the case.”
Google responded saying that the reason the post was published was to “focus on the technical aspects of these vulnerabilities” and that they “will continue to work with Apple and other leading companies to help keep people safe online”.