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Documents allegedly reveal NSA's ability to steal data from the Apple iPhone

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Documents allegedly reveal NSA's ability to steal data from the Apple iPhone
Leaked documents made public on Monday by a security researcher and German publication Das Spiegel, revealed that the NSA has a program for grabbing information off of the Apple iPhone. The program, called DROPOUTJEEP, enables the NSA to access contact lists, find an iPhone user using cell tower data, and intercept SMS messages. Remotely, the government agency can operate the camera and the microphone on the handset.

The documents claim that the NSA has a 100% success rate when implanting spyware into an iOS device. Perhaps the scariest bit of information is that the NSA gets physical access to implant the spyware by intercepting Apple iPhone shipments purchased online. But that soon may longer be necessary as the spy agency is working on a way to install the spyware remotely.

"I don't really believe that Apple didn't help them. I can't really prove it yet, but [the NSA] literally claim that anytime they target an iOS device, that it will succeed for implantation. Either they have a huge collection of exploits that work against Apple products, meaning that they are hoarding information about critical systems that American companies produce and sabotaging them, or Apple sabotaged it themselves. Not sure which one it is. I'd like to believe that since Apple didn't join the PRISM program until after Steve Jobs died, that maybe it's just that they write [expletive redacted] software. We know that's true."-Jacob Applebaum, Security Researcher

The security researcher, Jacob Applebaum, says he believes that Apple has some involvement here, but says that he can't prove it. His comments can be found on the video below, starting at the 44:30 mark.


source: AlbertVeli, TheDailyDot via AppleInsider

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posted on 30 Dec 2013, 20:35 14

1. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


Where is Mxyzptlk when you need him...

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 20:50 6

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14230; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


This is not Apples fault.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 20:59 21

6. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Or It is :)

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 21:53 25

13. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


So let me get this straight, when there's Spyware found on any Android device... It's Googles fault. But when Apple devices are hacked even BEFORE you active it, connect to iTunes, or download any apps... And it's not Apple's fault?

Like I said, your knees must really be sore.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 06:12 5

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 22096; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I think apples in on it. 100% success rate, no way they're innocent.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 10:31 1

47. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I wish I could believe that, DJ. Not just about Apple, but Google and Microsoft too. I get the feeling all these guys rolled over to some degree, but when we (The consumers) got wind of it, suddenly they were all shocked this was happening. But landline phone have been getting trapped for decades now, so can we really expect it wouldn't happen with cellphones? Most of us saw this coming years ago.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 11:57

52. darkkjedii (Posts: 22096; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly, I also think it extends to the tv's in our homes. Big brother is always watching, to an extent I don't blame them, but leave people alone who don't fit a certain criteria. Due to the events that have happened around the world since 2001, spying will never stop. Just think of the spying going on that we don't know about, this info got to us the general public, cuz the powers that be didn't feel they needed to hide it. Mobile tech makes organizing terror attacks a lot easier. I'm not against it, but my mom doesn't need to get spied on...feel me? +1

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 11:59

53. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Actually, land line phones aren't really of much interest to the 3 letter agencies. Land line phones don't broadcast our movements. The 3 letter agencies are much more interested in the data they pull off the mobile tracking devices we all own and keep with us throughout every day.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 09:08 3

40. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


"Like I said, your knees must really be sore."

That's what i-pads are used for.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 10:32

48. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


ROFLMAO! Good one!

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 22:34 4

19. HouTexan (Posts: 439; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Such a hypocrite.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 23:21 1

26. Pings (Posts: 303; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


It's not. Don't get me wrong I hate Apple as much as they next guy. Don't be fooled they're doing it to us all. It's doesn't matter what OS or device you are on. The NSA is watching... and keeping data, and voice recordings, and GPS coordinates...

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 08:13

38. darkkjedii (Posts: 22096; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Smart man.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 11:36

51. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


Lets talk about how apple promised the nsa wont be able to get your fingerprint because they are stored on the hard drive. Now lets talk about how this shows that apple lied to us all... Wait what? apple lied to us? Its not possible! Grow up Mxyzptlk.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 13:37 1

59. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


its their fault cause they allowed them to do so

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 20:53 18

4. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


He will show his love to Apple.
Mxyzptlk: "I would love to get spied by NSA, good job Apple. Now, I feel more secured than before."

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 21:17 10

7. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Not to mention they are reading your FINGER PRINT with its finger sensor

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 21:19 4

8. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


imagine the flood of prints they now have of us, even on the demo ones everyone plays with, they can store info off of that, wheres our privacy laws or can the government do whatever it wants

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 21:50

12. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 256; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Be a sport and use a different finger every time you unlock your phone.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 22:03

15. thephonedude (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


But all fingers have the SAME prints....

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 12:04

54. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Ya think so? Try putting each of your finger pads on an ink pad and then press your finger pads on a sheet of unlined white paper. Look closely at the resulting prints. If they are the same, you are the only human on planet Earth with the same 10 finger prints.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 23:20 4

24. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Used to be your fingerprints were not collected until you were arrested. Now, courtesy of Apple's cooperation, your fingerprints are bagged every time you unlock your iP5S.

Nothing like Apple being a stooge for NSA.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 08:18

39. Ninetysix (Posts: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Now we forget about the Motorola Atrix. I see what you did there.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 10:37 1

49. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1719; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Now you remember that the Atrix worked...I see what YOU did there

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 09:45

45. donfem (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Funny this is that when some thieves steal iphones, they inadvertently provide more information for the storage unit while trying to unlock. :)

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 01:22

32. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


This is the reason now I avoid US products, specially cell phones

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 09:38

42. donfem (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


The mighty "safe" iphone. :)

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 13:24

57. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Why there was a huge cry over a possible spying from china? although it was just an assumption... forcing huawie to rethink their business in US... criminal always think that the other person is a criminal too...

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 20:40 2

2. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


They gave/caved like anyone else.
Only surprising to it's user base though.
(And possibly that clown that resides here on PA.)

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 20:53

5. andynaija (Posts: 919; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Applebaum

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