NSA Spyware Gives Near Complete Backdoor Access to Apple’s iPhone

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Security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and German news magazine Der Spiegel have leaked documents which show the U.S. National Security Agency has the ability to view nearly every communication sent from an iPhone.

The alleged NSA program called DROPOUTJEEP allows them to intercept SMS messages, view your contact list, get the exact location of your device, and even activate the microphone and camera on the device.

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The documents claim a 100 percent success rate when it comes to accessing information from a device. Currently, the NSA needs physical access to the device to install the spyware, but a remote version is also in the works.

At the Chaos Communication Conference in Hamburg, Germany Appelbaum presents some possibilities:

“Either [the NSA] have a huge collection of exploits that work against Apple products, meaning they are hoarding information about critical systems that American companies produce, and sabotaging them, or Apple sabotaged it themselves.”

Apple has yet to release any official comments.

[via The Daily Dot]

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  • K3

    Think desktop level experience in your hand with out a firewall then think how many apps make it into the store only to be pulled later due to something over looked.

    Would not be surprised to hear that this was also given a nod to years back when SJ visited for that W House “tech upgrade”.

  • K3

    Hasn’t there also been something regarding iSight cameras a month or two back?

  • xxxJDxxx

    All this kind of stuff really creeps me out.

  • websnap

    That was in regards to the older iSight camera in pre-2008 macs (iMac, macbooks) that they could be hacked without the green light indicating its activation. It didn’t effect newer models (as they have a trip for the light) and it needed to be installed to work. You would basically need to give someone access to your old computer and the admin password to have this be an issue.

    Not related.

  • Biggy604

    And people where afraid of beening spied on by that Chinese App Store when Evasion7 came out. Now there is proof the NSA can intercept and hack ones iPhone without permission. Now what was this about apple saying “no one can read their encrypted imessages”? Lol

  • johnnygoodface

    Sorry to be naive, but I do trust Apple and don’t believe this statement about NSA