Apple CEO Tim Cook has met with a senior government official in Beijing to discuss recent claims that the company’s iCloud servers were the target of an organised attack by the Chinese state.
According to Reuters, Cook sat down with Vice Premier Ma Kai to talk about “protection of users’ information” and “strengthening cooperation in information and communication fields”.
Cook is likely to have talked about a recent report which emerged from a monitoring group called Greatfire.org, detailing ‘man in the middle’ attacks on iPhones in China. It was suggested that government hackers were trying to access users’ messages.
Apple issued a statement earlier this week saying it was aware of an attack in iCloud and that it had moved to circumvent any attempts at data access.
China has become a key market for Apple. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launched there last weekend, with estimates of 10 million sales in some quarters. It is thought 100 million Chinese people own iOS devices.
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