Isn’t it ironic? The Chinese State is yet again involved in accusations regarding MITM (man-in-the-middle) attacks against the iCloud. This happens on the very same day when the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been released to the public in China. Although normally the iCloud makes use of a secured SSL certificate, the attackers have managed to trick browsers into redirecting the data and falsely giving the certainty that the Apple user is safe to store all fines in the cloud.
The situation is pretty serious, given the fact that people store photos and messages, as well as documents and files of all sorts on the iCloud. There is grave speculation that such attacks are directly linked to the participation of people to the wide protests held in Hong Kong and to the fear of related content being linked abroad.
As preventive measures, Apple users are encouraged either to subscribe to a VPN or make use of well esteemed and reliable browsers, such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. In addition, two-factor authentication should be another powerful tool that prevents illegal data capture.
Of course, this is not the first time the Great Firewall has been accused of having triggered attacks seeking to apply broadened censorship to the country. Even though Apple refused to proceed to commenting on the situation when asked by the Guardian, it is safe to say that there is correlation between the conflict of the company with the Chinese State as to some new features of the iPhone released and the MITM attacks triggered just now.