Apple will allow China’s State Internet Information Office to run security audits on products the company sells in China in an effort to counter concerns that other governments are using its devices for surveillance, according to news reports.
Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed to the security inspections during a December meeting in the US with information office director Lu Wei, according to a story in the Beijing News.
Allegations that Chinese authorities hacked into Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) Outlook email service are "groundless slander", the official Xinhua news agency quoted Beijing's cyberspace regulator as saying late on Thursday.
The comments, made by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) spokesman Jiang Jun, were in response to a Monday report by an online censorship watchdog which said that Chinese users of the email service were subject to a hacking attack over the weekend.
China now knows what most people in the west are catching up with: that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a lemon.
The latest round of managed information release by Edward Snowden via Spiegel includes the snippet that Chinese security services copied “terabytes” of data about the aircraft.
The release states that the compromised information includes radar systems data, engine schematics, heat contour maps, and designs to cool exhaust gases. The latest leak confirms the scale of the data theft, which emerged in US media such as The Washington Times March 2014.
China, which is no stranger to Internet censorship, is now blocking access to Gmail on an IP level for many of its 1.3 billion citizens.
Many of Google's services, including Gmail, have previously been blocked on a nationwide level in mainland China. In the past, censorship was mostly relegated to YouTube and Google's search engine, especially during periods leading up to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4th, 1989 - but this is the first time Google's email service has been blocked in China entirely.
China may have the ability to remotely shut down computer systems of US power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, according to director of the US National Security Agency Mike Rogers.
Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform "reconnaissance" missions to determine how the networks are put together.