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.



1. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 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

2. TruthSpeaker unregistered

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

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 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.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

24. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

How safe is windows phone?

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 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.

37. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

145. pricedhamka

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

The products of apple company is awesome.

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