Following a report of Chinese authorities targeting customer data on Apple's iCloud data-storage system, Apple said Tuesday it was aware of such attacks and they do not compromise the company's servers.
"We’re aware of intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information, and we take this very seriously. These attacks don't compromise iCloud servers," Apple wrote in a new statement on a support page on its site. The page includes tips for recognizing possible attacks while visiting iCloud.com. Apple said the attacks don't affect iCloud on iOS devices, or users on Macs running the new Yosemite operating system and using the Safari browser.
Apple published the support page in response to a Monday report from censorship watchdog Great Fire. The group said Chinese authorities were targeting citizens' iCloud data, calling it a "malicious attack" and alleging that iMessages, photos and contacts may have been compromised. Chinese officials denied the allegations. Apple's support page didn't explicitly name the reported Chinese attack, but an Apple spokesman told NBC News that page served as "our response."
--- Julianne Pepitone