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Apple denies any knowledge of NSA’s iPhone surveillance implant

01
Jan
2014

Apple says it was unaware of an NSA software implant that could control iOS devices and denies that it worked with the NSA to make surveillance easier. In a statement to All Things D, the company said 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. The program in question is called DROPOUTJEEP, described in a leaked 2008 slide as a tool capable of turning on and capturing data from iOS microphones and cameras and remotely pulling files, contact lists, text messages, location data, and more. While security researcher Jacob Appelbaum suggested that the program could only work as perfectly as the NSA claimed with help from Apple, the leaked documents describe the FBI, NSA, and CIA covertly intercepting a variety of electronic devices to install malware, not necessarily with the companys knowledge.

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