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FOX NEWS: Apple Denies Knowledge of NSA's 'Complete' Access to iPhone

Bombshell delivered by independent computer security researcher and hacker known for representing Wikileaks at the 2010 HOPE conference

Jacob Appelbaum
Jacob Appelbaum

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Apple on Tuesday vehemently denied suggestions from a security analyst that the company may have helped the NSA to develop backdoor access to the iPhone.

The statement came from Jacob Appelbaum, an independent computer security researcher and hacker who was previously employed by the University of Washington. He is a core member of the Tor project. Appelbaum is known for representing Wikileaks at the 2010 HOPE conference. Appelbaum revealed the existence of a secret program code-named DROPOUTJEEP by which the National Security Agency (NSA) appears to have nearly total access to the Apple iPhone.

A leaked NSA document, posted by German newspaper Der Speigel, describes the “software implant for the Apple iPhone” that can be used to gather information from the phone: It can turn on the microphone and camera, intercept text messages, creep through a contact list and more.

“Either [the NSA] have a huge collection of exploits that work against Apple products, meaning they are hoarding information about critical systems that American companies produce, and sabotaging them, or Apple sabotaged it themselves,” Appelbaum said at the Chaos Communication Conference in Hamburg, according to tech news site The Daily Dot.

Source: FOX News - the report continues here with video




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