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Apple hits back at claims it mistreated Chinese workers

The Chinese factories assemble iPads and iPhones. Credit: Reuters

Apple has hit back at "deeply offensive" claims made by BBC's Panorama that workers were mistreated in Chinese factories.

Undercover reporters allege staff were denied days off, made to work 18 days straight and some were so tired they fell asleep during their 12 hour shifts.

An email sent out by Apple's senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said: "Nothing could be further from the truth".

It added: "We know of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions, to discover and investigate problems, to fix and follow through when issues arise, and to provide transparency into the operations of our suppliers."

The factory said it would carefully investigate the BBC's claims before "all necessary actions" were taken.

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Malware infecting apps on Apple products in China

A new type of malware - or malicious software - is infecting iPhones and Mac computers mainly in China, according to research firm Palo Alto Networks.

China represents a huge growth market for Apple Credit: Reuters

The so-called WireLurker software lives in apps that are downloaded from third-party providers. Once it is inside an Apple device it can steal information and spread to other devices via USB cable.

Researchers say the motive behind the malware is not clear. Ryan Olson, an intelligence director at the firm, said there is no evidence that any sensitive information has been taken but that it ought to be possible to steal users' Apple IDs.

Once WireLurker gets on an iPhone, it can go on to infect existing apps on the device similar to traditional computer viruses.

Apple has not commented on the malware so far.

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