iPhone 6 Release Update, Does iPhone 6 Have Backdoor? Apple Denies Working with NSA
By Precious Silva | January 8, 2014 10:42 AM EST
Following reports about a backdoor on iPhone products, the market now expresses its concerns about a possible iPhone 6 security risk as well. But Apple was very clear that it has not teamed up with the US National Security Agency (NSA). According to the tech giant, the company was unaware of the agency's efforts to monitor smartphones. The response was issued following reports saying that the spy agency came up with a system to hack into smartphones and monitor devices like the iPhone.
The gold colored version of the new iPhone 5S is seen after Apple Inc's media event in Cupertino, California September 10, 2013.
According to Germany's Der Spiegel, the NSA has been under fire for its spying programs. According to reports, the agency has been developing and producing specialised software and gear to access a range of computing devices. Unfortunately, mobile phones also fall in target.
The report featured an NSA graphic from 2008. It provided an outline of the development of a system called DROPOUTJEEP. It was characterized as a "software implant." The technology lets infiltrators access data from iPhones including contact lists. Spiegel called the implant as a malware or "Trojan." This helps hackers get inside restricted networks.
The report seemed to imply that Apple worked with the US organisation to create the backdoors, according to Jacob Applebaum, a researcher and hacker. Mr Applebaum pointed out that the "100% success rate" of the abovementioned program in snooping on "any" iPhone implied cooperation by Apple. But the tech company's statement has precluded this possibility.
"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 company said in its statement.
"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," Apple added.
The NSA, on the other hand, refused to comment on any of the allegations. However, the agency said its statement that: "in any given technology is driven by the use of that technology by foreign intelligence targets."
"The United States pursues its intelligence mission with care to ensure that innocent users of those same technologies are not affected," the agency added.
The iPhone was still new in 2008. It was a revolutionary device that spawned the smartphone era. Apple started producing the device in 2007. If there is a standard for mobile phones at the time, it was the iPhone. Reports suggest this was also the reason why NSA worked on iPhones.
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