The NSA Has a Backdoor Called 'DROPOUTJEEP' for Nearly Complete Access to the Apple iPhone

Posted December 30, 2013 at 11:32pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 43452 views

The NSA reportedly has a backdoor codenamed 'DROPOUTJEEP' that gives them access to anything on an iPhone including its mic, camera, SMS, and more.

Jacob "@ioerror" Applebaum recently presented on a catalog of NSA exploits leaked online that outlines the various tools the NSA uses for spying.

While nearly all of the tools and programs listed are upsetting. DROPOUTJEEP is of particular interest to Apple customers.

DROPOUTJEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality. This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device, SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control, and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection. All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted.

Notably, the first version of DROPOUTJEEP had to be installed via close access; however, remote installation was in the works.

The initial release of DROPOUTJEEP will focus on installing the implant via close access methods. A remote installation capability will be pursued for a future release.

The NSA claims in their QUANTUMTHEORY documents that every attempt to implant iOS will always succeed. This leads Applebaum to question whether Apple assisted them in installing this backdoor:

"They literally claim that anytime they target an iOS device that it will succeed for implantation. Either they have a huge collection of exploits that work against Apple products, meaning that they are hoarding information about critical systems that American companies produce and sabotaging them, or Apple sabotaged it themselves. Not sure which one it is. I'd like to believe that since Apple didn't join the PRISM program until after Steve Jobs died, that maybe it's just that they write shitty software. We know that's true."

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dynobyke - December 2, 2014 at 11:08pm
still haven't seen any tangible proof (schematics, program logic) that prove how this works or if it's actually in place. anyone have any actual code or found anything in the iOS? all the articles just repeat the capabilities. anyone tried rooting and digging in to find the actual code?
unixes - December 31, 2013 at 9:26pm
This is so natural, in an ignorant country.
Philippe - December 31, 2013 at 10:43pm
Americans are too dumb to know what UNIX is.
K - December 31, 2013 at 10:47pm
I can see why you haven't guessed it and just looked it up.
Austin633 - December 31, 2013 at 9:06pm
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/31/nsa-powers-have-been-abused
Jerry Cupertino - December 31, 2013 at 4:11pm
just pick nose, masturbate or scratch ass in front of iphone and I assure you battery life will immediately improve, no more battery explosions, no overheating problem
Yaroslav - December 31, 2013 at 2:48pm
If a yank tries to install a backdoor into my iPhone, I'll hang him on a tree.
Moe Better 11 - January 23, 2014 at 8:13am
When a non yank installs the back door - everything is all so peachy! Got it. We'll get on that!
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