Apple tries to calm its users after the latest WikiLeaks publication, but Cupertino's statement does raise some questions


On Tuesday night, whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks published thousands of documents which reportedly reveal the various methods that CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence employs to break into smartphones, computers, and even Samsung Smart TVs.

According to WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange, these 8,761 documents represtent the most comprehensive release of US spying files ever made public. Both Android and iOS devices appear to be vulnerable, as the records suggest that the government agency used about 24 hacking tools for the former, and 14 for the latter.

Although the validity of these files is yet to be confirmed, the publication provoked a swift response from Cupertino. Apple issued a statement which was distributed to news outlets and later posted to Twitter by BuzFeed's John Paczkowski. In it, the tech giant declared that “many” of these issues were already fixed in the latest public version of iOS which was released in January, and affirmed that the company will strive to swiftly eradicate any other identified exploits:


While this move from Apple might bring a certain sense of relief to some of its users, it is worthy to note that no details were given as to which security risks still persist, and when does the company plan to release an update in order to address them. Furthermore, the WikiLeaks documents come from the period between 2014 and 2016, so we can't help but wonder what does the CIA currently have at its disposal, provided that the information in the files is accurate.

via AppleInsider

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17 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Nokia is telling you to buy the 3310 and all your problems will be solved. Clever marketing technique.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The CIA can hack any consumer phone and will continue to do so for years despite all these suppose fixes. No company is close to having a phone that can't be hacked anytime soon.

3. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

How about the Nophone

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah and all the other toys shaped like phones lol.

20. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Even that thing is hackable, there is no program that doesn't have holes. Besides that, the only problem is that with iOS you have to take Apple's word for it and they are notoriously lax when it comes to fixing security breaches. With Android at least people can verify fixes because it is open source.

5. asiansatan

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

It is not about whether "CIA can hack any consumer phone" or not. it is also not about whether any "company is close to having a phone that can't be hacked anytime soon" or not. It is about what is the image of some phone selling companies and their OS based on and what the reality is.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No, it's about rather or not someones private info is safe on their phone and the answer is no.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

You are right. It's all based on perception. The reality is that anything with a modern processor and especially a modem of some sort is hackable. Consumer grade devices rarely use 128 bit encoding/decryption or anything even remotely close.

9. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Check Katim phone.

4. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Privacy online is a myth.

8. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple is crap anyway!

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Just like your name.

12. lyndon420

Posts: 6737; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

All these efforts to hack into users phones, and do they ever get what they're supposedly after?!?

13. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Probably. Otherwise it'd be a pointless gesture.

14. Arte8800

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

I've course they do. Apple will do anything for money. Extreme desperate.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Hardly surprising... The US government's "security" agencies are all scum.

17. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Its funny how Most people complain about the "TRUMP" administration taking away our freedom and instituting a police state dictatorship over us. However, the joke is we were always in a policed state - all this spying and hacking by the CIA happen prior to him taking office - under the Obama administration, the Bush administration the Clinton administration etc. This has been going on for long as America has been a so called "Democracy that guaranty freedom to it citizens". We have to make a distinction between freedom and autonomy. We are free to a certain extent because we surrender our total freedom (autonomy) to institute(s) that we grant the power to rule over us for the sake of safety, order and justice. As Americans we need to get over this naive belief that our information is not controlled and dictated to us. As the saying Goes " The information in China is controlled and the people know it's controlled. the information in America is controlled and the people in America don't know its controlled"

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