12/31/2013 11:00:03 AM
Can the NSA Spy on iPhones using DROPOUTJEEP, Apple says No way!
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Can the NSA Spy on iPhones using DROPOUTJEEP, Apple says No way!



Richard Harris Richard Harris in Mobile Tech Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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In a recent report from Forbes, it's come to light that The U.S. National Security Agency might have be able to  retrieve a vast array of data from compromised iPhones according to an NSA document from 2008 leaked by German magazine Der Spiegel and security researcher Jacob Appelbaum. (via Forbes)

According to the report, the NSA could install special software onto iPhones as part of a program called DROPOUTJEEP, that provides significant access to user data and other relevant information.

But today Apple has issued an official statement on the matter hereby denying any alleged backdoors into iPhones whatsoever.

"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."

I got to admit the report makes me shutter, because technically the NSA can claim imminent domain on just about anything. What I find overly curious in the matter is the report itself came from an actual NSA document that was leaked. The document in question was from 2008 which would have put the spying program active somewhere around the dawn of the first iPhone...