Apple denies creating a backdoor in iPhones for the NSA
This entry was posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013.
The big story of this year in the tech world has been the mass surveillance program underway under the aegis of the National Security Agency, and the sheer scope of the program has seemed surreal at the very least. Tech companies, telecom carriers and the like have capitulated in front of the NSA’s directive, providing heaps of private data about American citizens to them haplessly.
Recently, it emerged that the NSA worked on creating backdoors even in widely used encryption algorithms like the RSA, along with having more backdoors for widely used consumer products such as the iPhone. Apple has now come out to deny any knowledge of this, and explicitly state that it has not willingly put its customers’ privacy at risk. Read on to know more.
German news magazine Der Spiegel and security researcher Jacob Appelbaum unearthed this latest NSA hack from a new set of leaked NSA documents yesterday. The program is called ‘DROPOUTJEEP’, and it is a software that can be implanted in an iPhone. It can relay text messages, contacts, voice mails, location, turn on the phone’s microphone and camera and more to a remote authority, namely the NSA.
Apple has responded to this by putting out a statement to AllThingsD:
“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.”