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

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.


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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60 Comments

56. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Not just Apple, every American company is cooperating with NSA and then US blames chinese companies for spying. Whole concept of CLOUD is for Spying. http://www.bradreese.com/blog/12-30-2013.htm

55. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Now you know why President Vetos on a sales ban.

50. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Oh no, don't use my data to help me. The only people that should be worried about this are criminals. Stop being so paranoid, you are not that interesting.

58. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Until you are, then it's blackmail material to get your cooperation on something else. Politicians or judges not voting in their favor, for example. You might have an unexpected success too.

37. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

everybody is in on it... what's dumb is the people in here pointing a finger at Apple like its the only one... smh. More reason for you guys to keep this flame crap on when the serious issue is people's privacy. Google and Apple probably are forced to allow this stuff to happen to its consumers.

44. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

The issue is not about "dumb people..pointing finger at apple". The issue is about dumb sh..ps who thought their mighty piece of toy is extremely safe, and perhaps the "safest gadget" out there ever made by man.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly, this goes way beyond apple. Fanboys will do what they do though.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man that sucks a$$. I'd better hide my porn lol. I think apples in on it. 100% success rate, no way they're innocent. The other guys are doing it too

33. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

WOW, the tenant of apple been secure is utter crap. As the quote goes, "either apple is complicit with NSA or they write sh$t software". You decide.

28. Teja171 unregistered

Ever wished why Obama never used iphones ? He also would be a victim of NSA. LOL F******G americans..

41. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Be careful with the hate. You may be flagged as a terrorist. Don't be surprised if your denied entrance into my homeland.

43. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Mind your language. You d..t

27. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Many of us need to keep in mind that it is known now that the US government is forcing companies to play ball or suffer the consequences. The NSA has been given the power to say that anything they deem necessary or vital to the US' national security must be readily available for their consumption at any time. Espionage is nothing new and will continue on through any and all mediums made possible.

25. bibekpachhai unregistered

I like everyone only see USA as the bad evil thing when I bet every first world countries are doing this. The thing about this is that NSA was the only one caught.

23. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Sweet Jesus! I knew Apple is a government organisation since Obama vetoed a ban on iPhones for infringing Samsung patents, what a bunch of losers.

60. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You think a backdoor deal was made for a backdoor into iOS

17. Teja171 unregistered

Stupid Americans are cheating the entire world. They will fall down soon.

18. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I'm pretty sure there are countless other agencies around the globe that are not yet busted, the NSA are doing a bad thing but at the same time it's for the greater good, to protect their people against terrorism

20. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The KGB and Stasi probably thought they were "protecting their people," as well. It is not for agencies to decide what the will of the people is, it is for the people to decide. The people should never fear their government, since they are supposed to serve the people.

22. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Agreed, I think they felt like it was a conscious decision to go that far, they really underestimated the scale of how it was going to blow up in their faces

29. Teja171 unregistered

They by themselves are the biggest terrorists . F**k you NSA for scanning every data passing through your gateway.The ball won't be in your court for a long time.

31. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Not that I agree with what the NSA is doing, but what makes you think it will stop? The politicians cleary won't change anything and the courts are backing the process as legal. All three branches of government are happy with the status quo.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I doubt it

16. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

The first half sounds like iCloud access, particularly the contact access. The rest isn't anything new if they have carrier access. It's the mic and camera access that's more disconcerting. Considering the idea of intercepting a target's order can be done with any handset... well, probably nobody is safe unless you're getting phones straight from stores or 2nd hand. Not that we're very interesting here >.>

30. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The only certain way to prevent remote access is to pull the battery. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer phones have batteries that can be easily removed. iPhone isn't one of them.

11. wilsong17 unregistered

There's just less than 3 weeks till AAPL blowout earnings report. So OF COURSE the iPhone release on China Mobile is a flop. So OF COURSE AAPL is actually just a "front" for the NSA. So OF COURSE iPhones are clearly NSA monitoring devices. So OF COURSE Chromebook is decimating Apple laptop sales. Countdown to story that iPhone fingerprint scanner forwards your fingerprint to NSA in, 3-2-1... Some people never learn. (and Wall St thanks you for that fact)

10. wilsong17 unregistered

ahhaahahah there you go apple fshe3p keep drinking that apple juice if you think apple is safe

14. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

NO device is safe when sophisticated hackers can actually intercept devices and get hands-on time with them. It's naive to think of this as an "OS vs OS" fight or "Look how flawed Device X is" argument. This is an erosion of civil liberties and an assault on personal freedom, plain and simple, and if you can't see that, I pity you.

21. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

+1 to that, I came across an article on the verge that reported that the nsa is able to spy on your wifi connection 8 miles away

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

my only contact is John Appleseed

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