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iSpy with my little eye: CIA worked on iPhone security hacks from day one, claims Snowden

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iSpy with my little eye: CIA worked on iPhone security hacks from day one, claims Snowden

"I spy with my little eye," said CIA, and tried to hack Apple's iPhone from day one, at least according to the world's top leakster and major NSA annoyance, Edward Snowden. 

He revealed some documents today that showed how by "studying both “physical” and “non-invasive” techniques, U.S. government-sponsored research has been aimed at discovering ways to decrypt and ultimately penetrate Apple’s encrypted firmware." 

We all know that when there is NSA will, there is a way, but that's not all - our freedom fighters have developed a Trojan for Xcode, Apple's programming platform with which millions of apps are created, too, aiming to “force all iOS applications to send embedded data to a listening post.” That's not to say the CIA succeeded in implanting said code, as Apple has been pretty adamant with security lately, but the sole hack development factoid is rather disturbing.

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posted on 10 Mar 2015, 06:56 7

1. vincelongman (Posts: 4837; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Not surprised
Apple claim they care about user privacy, but that's just PR BS

But that's probably the same for the all major companies unfortunately

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 08:28

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 4778; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Agreed. I don't think any electronic device is safe from the NSA. I wouldn't be surprised if all chip makers are in their back pocket some how. Just don't be stupid with what you do online...unless you are a terrorist, in which case just be as stupid as possible.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 06:59 4

2. TruthSpeaker (unregistered)


"Apple has been pretty adamant with security lately"
Does anyone actually believe this?

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 07:02

3. Scott93274 (Posts: 5168; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


People that complain about their privacy being violated on the Android platform will say this is BS, and there's no possible way that their iDevices have deliberate vulnerabilities.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 08:30

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 4778; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


No. Companies can try to make products more secure against hackers, but not the NSA.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 09:35

8. Salazzi (Posts: 537; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


They're the same thing.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 09:45 1

9. Leo_MC (Posts: 2077; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Apple created a system in which every device encryption is unique.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 09:54 1

10. meanestgenius (Posts: 14582; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I have always said, and will continue to say, that Apple and security do not go hand in hand. It's an oxymoron.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 10:13 2

11. Scott93274 (Posts: 5168; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


You know something, you're an oxymoron! .... Alright, I had too much sugar this morning. Yeah, I'm going to have to agree with you. 2014 had so many reports of Apple users falling victim to malicious behavior, from the iCloud hack, to the Australian Apple account ransom fiasco, now the NSA has a back door to your phone... People like to think that the platform is safe but that's anything but the truth.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 10:56 1

12. meanestgenius (Posts: 14582; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lol!

Agreed. But you can't tell that users of Apple products. They blame every hack on the user, as opposed to realizing how insecure Apple products really are.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 11:21 2

15. Scott93274 (Posts: 5168; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Well, any user who has a password "password", "12345" deserve to get hacked anyways, but there should be measures put into place that prevent forced entry like what happened with the iCloud incident. Apple says it wasn't their fault because it was brute force entry into the system, well, that's preventable if you ask any responsible online service.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 16:13

24. pureviewuser (Posts: 501; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


How safe is windows phone?

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 17:15

36. meanestgenius (Posts: 14582; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Windows Phone is extremely safe, currently. Not sure if that will change with Windows 10 for phones, since it will be sharing the underlying code for full blown Windows.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 17:38

37. Scott93274 (Posts: 5168; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I don't particularly like Microsoft, but I have yet to hear about any security issues with their mobile platform.

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 08:12

145. pricedhamka (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


The products of apple company is awesome.

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