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

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

Posted December 30, 2013 at 11:32pm by iClarified · 74671 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.
anon - June 13, 2015 at 1:52pm
I can see why Americans think all of us outside of the U.S. are technologically Illiterate. You do know they MADE Unix?
Jerry Cupertino
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
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!
Max - December 31, 2013 at 1:55pm
Shocked? - nope. Suprised? - nope. Anyone who thinks a smartphone isnt also a people tracker for the US ( if they believe you are worth tracking ) is clearly deluded. However, who gives a rats' ass. I would no more email a trade secret than publish it in the NYT.
Tony - December 31, 2013 at 1:31pm
Tony the bony phony - We all know you are the fagget Steve guy that comes on this forums. Listen I understand you into guys and like using guys name ot make yourself look good. Sorry dude, but your f*ucking gay. Im not go find yourself another homosexual like yourself, this way you can get two LONG iPHONE 5S you and your partner and practice gay sex with each other long phones. Just make sure in the gay couple you are the female, because you sure sound like one. hahaha. Keep using my name, you know what they say, Your jealous truth hurts doesnt it. You fag.
justabrake - December 31, 2013 at 11:23am
This violates our 4th amendment
paulmogg - December 31, 2013 at 11:03am
As long as they keep this illegal stuff in the usa and not try to infect the rest of the world with their big brother stuff then it's what it is !
Thomas - December 31, 2013 at 9:02am
NSA You Bastards!
Austin633 - December 31, 2013 at 9:00am
I find it flattering that android users actually go on iclarified. If I watch videos it's on my big ass Samsung LED flatscreen so I guess I agree with big screens for videos too... I just tend to watch videos on a 60 inch screen, not the plastic piece of $hit Samsung s4/VCR that barely fits in your pocket. As far as mobile devices my jailbroken iPhone 5s is operating great. 64 bits. Something samsung will have to catch up to. I got my iPhone 5S for $17 after trading in a 4s that someone gave me. Since Apple products retain their value so well this was possible. As far as that whole isheep shit, I'm a combat veteran. Stand down.
stephen678 - December 31, 2013 at 12:02pm
" I just tend to watch videos on a 60 inch screen, not the plastic piece of $hit Samsung s4/VCR that barely fits in your pocket" Austin. No one cares. What has this article got to do with Samsung VS iphone? You are just trying to cause a pathetic rant. And by the one cares.
Zack soule
Zack soule - December 31, 2013 at 7:36am
Yea evrytime Samsung sell a copy Google get huge chunk Nokia/ Microsoft ARM processor and lot more small company
zib - December 31, 2013 at 5:00am
You know that everytime you buy an iphone you are giving money to talk shit about them all you want :D You still grow their company everytime you buy an apple product heh. Samsung made the cpu for the 5S for example..not to talk about all the other components :)
iAmMe - December 31, 2013 at 6:55am
Lol. So funny to think that Samsung makes the iPhones processors yet they use Qualcom's snapdragon processor on their flagship Galaxy S phones. Hahaha Samsung may have made them but they did not create them and that's why they are called Apple AX chips. Perhaps you will also say Foxconn made the iPhones too! (chuckle)
Bac Ho
Bac Ho - December 31, 2013 at 3:03am
What's the fock going on. What's if i have alot of porn on my phone they gona love it ?
Tony the bony phony
Tony the bony phony - December 31, 2013 at 3:05am
Just save some pics quickly and turn wifi, signal off and have fun on your own time.
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