Apple CEO Tim Cook to attend White House meeting to discuss improvement of cybersecurity

On Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook will be attending a White House meeting with President Joe Biden to discuss efforts to improve cybersecurity to curb the online and ransomware attacks. Microsoft’s Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Amazon’s Andy Jassy will also reportedly attend the meeting.

As per Bloomberg, the meeting is scheduled after cyber groups based in Russia and China launched massive cyber and ransomware attacks on “critical energy infrastructure, including that of Colonial Pipeline Co., as well as software and cloud providers such as Microsoft and SolarWinds Corp.”

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Apple’s Tim Cook and other tech leaders to join President Joe Biden to discuss protection walls against cyber attacks

As per the report, leaders from tech, banking, energy, and other industries will participate in the meeting which would possibly discuss measures to strengthen cybersecurity.

The chief executives of companies including Alphabet Inc.’s Google, International Business Machines Corp., Southern Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have also been invited, the senior official said.

The executives could discuss efforts undertaken by critical infrastructure entities, including those in the banking, energy and water utility sectors, to improve cybersecurity and collaborations with the government. The tech executives are likely to discuss how software can drive better security in the supply chain, according to a senior official familiar with the event.

Apple has its own security concerns to address as well. Pegasus, spyware made by Israeli-based company NSO Group, uses zero-click exploit to hack iPhones. Reportedly, the malware enabled authoritarian governments to target journalists, activists, and dissidents. The company claimed that those attacks are isolated incidents and do not impact the majority of users and it constantly releases updates the fix vulnerabilities. But a new report by Citizen Labs reveals that Pegasus successfully hacked iPhones running on the latest iOS versions.

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