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The Intercept reports the Central Intelligence Agency has been working for years to find ways to break through the security of Apple devices, with work spanning a year before the first iPhone was released. The Intercept basis its report on leaked documents, that explain a yearly gathering of CIA officials, called the “Jamboree”, to talk about flaws in commercial electronics.

The CIA declined to comment, however the report describes a process of the Agency working to decrypt and ultimately penetrate Apple’s encrypted firmware. The Agency has claimed internally that it’s created a modified version of Xcode to sneak through surveillance backdoors, which could enable spies to steal passwords and grab messages on infected devices.

Other forms of intrusion include a keylogger through the OS X updater, which would allow spies to see what a user is typing on an “infected” Mac.

According to internal reports, the CIA is rationalizing these types of tools to “secure communications products, both foreign and domestic” in order to “develop exploitation capabilities against the authentication and encryption schemes.” US and UK government officials have long encouraged Apple to allow them into its servers through a “backdoor”.

Apple declined to comment on the allegations against the CIA, and pointed The Intercept to Apple’s past stance on privacy.

In February 2015, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, took a strong stance on consumer privacy in an interview with The Telegraph.

“None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information,” Cook said. “This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn’t give it up. We shouldn’t give in to scaremongering or to people who fundamentally don’t understand the details.”

It’s not known if the CIA has been successful in its attack on Apple devices. However, it’s been noted the Agency has failed to find a “backdoor” into Apple’s servers to collect information from customers.

Source: The Intercept

  • Ryan Bartsch

    CIA and NSA suck.

    • Xee

      So do GCHQ.

  • ayymelo

    This sounds kinda ridiculous.. yet i believe it..

  • OneBigInFiniteJoint

    the caliber of CIA and failed ? NO. i do not believe that. many things are already compromised.

    • They wouldn’t publicly announce it if they were successful in finding an exploit and already using it to extract private data from people’s devices, so yeah, I agree with you on this one.

  • Andrew

    So what I’m hearing is that future jailbreaks could come from the US Government.

  • SoylentGreen

    Not this again, do some research, since ios 8, they have no need for backdoors, they effectively have front door keys now,
    There’s no “supposedly” anything, the TRUE headline should be, “cia & nsa snigger at the US public for believing that they have full privacy and the nsa need a warrant to access your information, on device or cloud”
    The elliptic curve that Apple “selected” is an algorithm which was introduced to the standard by NIST on the orders of the NSA. But don’t believe me, just search
    #Prism,#Stingray devices (what they do, what state purchased them & how they are dropping cases against, robbers, murderers & rapists rather than reveal how they tracked suspects), and bear in mind this patriot act was ushered in post 9/11 as part of their “war on terror” to assist catching lunatics that want to do major damage, to date, not 1 act of terror has been prevented, however numerous people that have a RIGHT to privacy are being pumped then dumped onto watch lists, 1.3 million citizens, not terror suspects on a “watch list” according to intelligence contained in lots of the Snowden slides. Here’s a few search terms that will have you covering up your laptop webcams etc once you know the reality and not just this obvious governmental talking point.
    #Prism #Tempora #iratemonk #equationgroup
    Oh and you know John Gruber, yeah, well search for the audio of what he says in private about YOU.

  • Ziaur Rahman

    iTunes is down, I re installed iOS 8.1.3 today before they stops signing and I was unable to restore my apps. I thought something is up with my iPhone so I reset my device and tried to download the apps manually without restoring from the backup but I keep getting ‘Cannot connect to iTunes’.
    I googled on how to fix this then and came up with some articles posted a few hours ago that says iTunes has been down for quite sometime, I am now stuck with a stock iPhone with no apps or anything installed. 😐

    • smtp25

      cool story