Yesterday, it was reported that the NSA has nearly complete backdoor access to Apple’s iPhone. AllThingsD reports Apple has released a statement claiming they never worked with the NSA and is unaware of the alleged program called DROPOUTJEEP.
Here’s Apple’s statement in full:
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.
According to documents leaked by Der Spiegel, DROPOUTJEEP is software that can be implanted on an iPhone and could gain access to any outbound communications like SMS, take control of the camera and microphone, and even get your contacts list.