Apple Says It Didn't Create an iPhone Backdoor for the NSA, Was Unaware Its Products Were Targeted

Apple Says It Didn't Create an iPhone Backdoor for the NSA, Was Unaware Its Products Were Targeted

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Apple has issued an official statement on the revelation that the NSA has or had a backdoor to access nearly everything on the iPhone.

Yesterday we posted that about a secret NSA software implant called 'DROPOUTJEEP' which allowed the agency access to features including: remotely push/pull files from the device, SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc.

Jacob "@ioerror" Applebaum suggested that perhaps Apple installed this backdoor at their request.

"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."

Apple has now provided an official statement to TechCrunch saying:

Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers’ privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up to date with the latest advancements. Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them.

The document seen below dates back to 2008. At the time only close access installation was possible; however, the NSA was working on enabling remote installation in the future. It's unclear what the status of the program is now and if the NSA still has these capabilities.

More details can be found in Applebaum's video presentation which can be seen here.


Apple Says It Didn't Create an iPhone Backdoor for the NSA, Was Unaware Its Products Were Targeted
Jon1 - January 2, 2014 at 5:46pm
iPhone also logs your locations http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/mobile/04/21/iphone.tracker.explainer/ and if you use Viber they store ALL your contacts http://www.iclarified.com/35691/viber-40-released-with-instant-hold-and-talk-message-forwarding-more/comments?page=2
shitHead - January 2, 2014 at 2:38pm
I don't care if the NSA can push or pull files to and from my device. If they want to view my porn. I just hope they leave some new videos while they're in my device.
mikhail - January 1, 2014 at 6:49am
For some reason I believe Apple on this one! I don't any company would do this...
K - January 1, 2014 at 1:50pm
For one thing articles never lies to us here so yeah you have a point.
Myrtle - January 1, 2014 at 2:21am
Privacy is more important now than ever before. We may not be able to hide from the NSA, but we can stop using sites like Facebook and Google. Just think about it. If you care so much about your privacy, if you are outraged by all of the NSA spying, then WHY are you using facebook and google. Those companies are just as bad, if not worse, than the NSA. This is why I advocate using privacy-based sites such as DuckDuckGo, Ravetree, HushMail, etc.
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