Apple denies knowledge of NSA’s iPhone program

By , Dec 31, 2013

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Yesterday, a trove of secret documents was released regarding the NSA and its ongoing spying on citizens both abroad and here in the US. One of the programs mentioned, called DROPOUTJEEP, is particularly scary as it can give the Agency complete control of any iPhone.

These are some pretty serious allegations made against the NSA and maybe more-so Apple, who either has several unknown security holes in its mobile OS or is consciously giving the NSA access. Well the company just responded to these claims, and it appears to be the former…

AllThingsD has Apple’s full statement:

“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.”

For those that missed it, Apple is responding to claims that it might be leaving exploits in iOS for the NSA to install backdoors into its iPhones. The Agency has apparently been rerouting shipments of online orders for the handset, installing spyware, and shipping them off to users.

This is the second time Apple has publicly responded to allegations that it is involved in some type of spying program with the National Security Agency. Back in June, the company was mentioned along with 8 other tech giants as members of the PRSIM program, which it also denied.

While the consensus seems to be that ‘this shouldn’t matter if you’re not doing anything illegal,’ there are a lot of users who feel this is a violation of their privacy and even against the law. Apple, for its part, has been pushing for more transparency on court-ordered user info requests.

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  • Blaqheart

    Let the cat and mouse game begin…

    • Ben

      Agreed!

  • Maxim∑

    I read that DROPOUTJEEP requires physical access of the device for now, and has existed since 2008…

    And for people who say “This is why I use android” your OS is full of exploits

    • Brian Kieffer

      Which is why they reroute some online orders. Can’t you read?

      • Maxim∑

        I guess you couldn’t read the first 3 words of my sentence

      • Fakeaccount1047294

        I agree with you, but “I read that” doesn’t seem like the strongest part of that sentence.

      • Guest

        To tell you the truth the illuminati run’d company, Apple rigs the iPhones before releasing them to the consumers, so the program is embedded in the hardware. That way you have no choice than to manually put the iPhone together yourself with out any bugs trapped into each and every phone.unless they are investigating certain people to easily take advantage of your life to ruin for profit.

        I wouldn’t doubt they actually do this, why else have every bit of information on you before receiving your new phone. Same when using imessage a factory default app they put in their iOS. Reason why it takes the extra second to send is sending that info to the NSA (META DATA)

        There’s a verity of ways for them to start spying on you, It’s just this way is universal to target anyone.

        You don’t even need to have the phone turned on for them to hack your stuff. (you know how there’s large antennas (radio towers) everywhere, you can control anything by wireless frequency from hacking peoples phones to controlling airplanes in the sky like drones, for example, 9/11 was flown like a drone and yes it was an inside job.

    • jack

      Required in 2008, and they planned to implement remote

    • Andrew Roth

      Wouldn’t it be illegal to reroute someone’s mail? USPS is part of the US government but messing with other people’s mail is a felony…

  • Caleb Youngblood

    So since they went after the Jailbreak team for finding vulnerabilities in the system making Apple devices less secure. Does that mean they will file a lawsuit against the NSA for what they did? If they don’t it leads me to believe they knew about it this whole time and now are just trying to cover their tracks.

  • Frank Anthony

    NSA (Never Say Anything) are evil. Why did they have so much power to overdo? :( I can finally see that the world leaders are so weak that US could get away with this sh**t. All of ‘em rants with no action! Rogues :(

  • Icarus

    Lies Lies and more Lies

  • 5ingularity

    NSA gets too much funding, they are a total beast. Imagine they worked on Jailbreaks lol.

    • Yash Gorana

      Then it would’ve been out after days of public release.

    • Jo

      They would create a jailbreak in 24 minutes lol

  • Sin

    I don’t “feel” this is against the law. IT IS AGAINST THE LAW! Do they even teach the constitution in school anymore?

  • jocastro

    lies

  • bobism

    lol duh

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    I think a lot of transparency was lost when Steve passed away

    • Jo

      I dońt think so

  • Ted Forbes

    Whatever.

  • http://www.friv2friv3friv4.com/ friv 2 friv 3 friv 4

    So since they went after the Jailbreak team for finding vulnerabilities in the system making Apple devices less secure…

  • Drake Miller

    I don’t care who access my device or what data they get .. Terrorists will be afraid but normal users won’t :)

    • Marius Øye

      Totally agree on that, normal people have nothing to be afraid of..

    • FrankensteinBlack

      LOL! Take down those curtains/window blinds. As a matter of fact put in some glass walls too. We want to see your fat naked girlfriend complain that your limp pecker is to small ;^p…

      PS Terrorist will/have found other ways of obfuscation. Just sayin…

  • gittlopctbi

    “this shouldn’t matter if you’re not doing anything illegal”

    Attitudes like that show the increasing complacency when it comes to privacy, rights, and overreach of government. It SHOULD matter a lot, ESPECIALLY to those who are “not doing anything illegal.” If we are not doing anything illegal, then why should they be spying on us? Ever thought of that? Do you not understand how government can take your perfectly legal activity and fabricate illegal activity? Something that can cost you way more than just your privacy? Wake up!

  • http://www.youtube.com/andymacprogamer Andrew

    To tell you the truth the illuminati run’d company, Apple rigs the iPhones before releasing them to the consumers, so the program is embedded in the hardware. That way you have no choice than to manually put the iPhone together yourself with out any bugs trapped into each and every phone.unless they are investigating certain people to easily take advantage of your life to ruin for profit.

    I wouldn’t doubt they actually do this, why else have every bit of information on you before receiving your new phone. Same when using imessage a factory default app they put in their iOS. Reason why it takes the extra second to send is sending that info to the NSA (META DATA)

    There’s a verity of ways for them to start spying on you, It’s just this way is universal to target anyone.

    You don’t even need to have the phone turned on for them to hack your stuff. (you know how there’s large antennas (radio towers) everywhere, you can control anything by wireless frequency from hacking peoples phones to controlling airplanes in the sky like drones, for example, 9/11 was flown like a drone and yes it was an inside job!

    This world makes me sick, History books lie, everything is a big lie, that’s the big cover up but no one cares because they’ll think it’s a conspiracy, ironic as it sounds it was on the discovery channel or history channel talking about the same thing but they used mars as one of the planets we might of came from but I’m sure it’s close to accurate, civilizations from andromeda was in trouble, they sent a message to us stating they were in trouble and I guess it’s too late now but we ignored them or didn’t take them seriously.

    I know we came from an advanced civilization that created us in their own image. I have proof. We are the 13th colony as the rest of the colonies were destroyed by psycho and sociopaths that want to further their agenda for world domination (NWO).