Apple claims it didn’t work with NSA on alleged iPhone backdoor
The company released a statement saying it has never worked with the National Security Agency on backdoors for any of its products.
Last year a huge cache of documents implicating the NSA in widespread electronic spying were leaked online. Since then there has been heated debate online privacy and the methods at the agency’s disposal which have largely remained unknown. Earlier in the week a NSA “catalog” was leaked which revealed that it had backdoors into products made by a lot of major technology companies such as Cisco, Samsung, Juniper Networks, Huawei and more. Another leaked document pointed to an NSA program called DROPOUTJEEP which allows backdoor access to the iPhone.
The leaked documents described DROPOUTJEEP as software which can be installed on an iPhone to obtain SIGINT or signal intelligence. People running the program would then be able to push and pull files from the device, extract contact lists, emails and messages, find out its location and even turn on its microphone and camera. All this can apparently be down over a wireless data connection. Apple says that it hasn’t worked with the agency to create a backdoor in any of its products, including the iPhone. It also claims to be “unaware” of this alleged NSA program that is said to be targeting its popular smartphone. Furthermore the company says that it will continue to use its resources to defend its customers from attacks, “regardless of who’s behind them.”
Last year’s electronic spying allegations have certainly caught the world’s attention as they target some of the most popular companies around the world. Rest assured, it will certainly be a story that the world will follow well into 2014. Apple’s name previously popped up in the PRISM program documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Despite these allegations, most companies have outright denied collaborating with the NSA.