November 16th, 2018
Last week several documents leaked which show that the NSA has a program called DROPOUTJEEP, with this hacking program used to put spyware on iPhone’s and has a 100% success rate on doing so. This software then allowed the NSA to steal personal data and intercept messages. Apple was unaware of this and is furious about the news.
As of now Apple is doing everything they can to end the breach. Apple released an official statement to AllThingsD in which they call the NSA “malicious hackers” and sees the US as a thread to the security to their users.
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.
In the documents leaked, the NSA claimed to be able to intercepting text messages, access contact lists, locate a phone using cell tower data, and even activate the device’s microphone and camera.
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
You can read the full statement here. Here is a video from 30c3 giving a more in-depth coverage of the situation and how the NSA managed to do what the did