Leaked NSA Slides Refer to Steve Jobs as 'Big Brother', iPhone Customers as 'Zombies'

Posted September 9, 2013 at 7:31pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 18052 views

In recent internal NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, Steve Jobs is referred to as 'big brother' and iPhone customers are referred to as 'zombies', reports VentureBeat.

SPIEGEL obtained access to the documents which indicate the NSA has developed the ability to hack into iPhones, Android devices and even the BlackBerry, previously believed to be particularly secure.

By cracking mobile operating systems and eavesdropping on mobile communications, the NSA has acquired private and sensitive images and data, such as a iPhone picture of a foreign government official who took selfies while watching TV, and a picture of an unknown man, apparently an Afghani fighter, in the mountains of Afghanistan. And remember iPhone’s location bug? That enabled tracking of people over extended periods of time before being fixed by Apple in mid 2011.

As you can see in the slides below titled "iPhone Location Services", there is a picture of Steve Jobs with the caption, "...that this would be big brother...". Another slide shows a picture of iPhone customers with the caption, "...and the zombies would be paying customers?".

In April 2011, researchers discovered that Apple was storing the co-ordinates of every location iOS device owners had ever been to in one unencrypted file. The company was investigated by South Korea, France, Germany, Italy, Senator Al Franken, and others. It was also sued in Federal Court. Apple issued a firmware update to address the problem.

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Robert Johnson - September 12, 2013 at 3:41pm
nothing is private - if you want privacy - use cash and pay phones.
JoshvanHulst - September 10, 2013 at 11:53pm
Sadly true! We need to demand and have independent hackers strip out any identifying information on our iPhones
k3ira - September 10, 2013 at 8:06am
i'm a chink my self, is there a problem for me to like apple products?
Camfella - September 10, 2013 at 6:03am
I agree, but he'll be back.
k3ira - September 10, 2013 at 2:59am
what???...steve GOD is missing? LoL. who cares... :P anyway..for me i am a big fan of Apple Products.
Camfella - September 10, 2013 at 6:02am
Yeah, I don't know what happened, but I'm sure hell be back under a different name. I'm quite sure his posting style will give him away.
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