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How The Nsa Hacks Your Iphone (Presenting Dropout Jeep)

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meekandmild's picture

I no longer carry my cellphone

when I take a trip I wrap it in tinfoil. pull it out once a day to see any text or voice-mail. I don't need to be connected 24-7. I don't need to access to the net 24/7. My phone only texts and calls.


All Things D, December 31, 2013

Apple Publicly Denies Working with NSA on iPhone Backdoor

Apple just responded to newly released documents claiming that the U.S. National Security Agency has a method for gaining backdoor access to its iPhone. It says it has never worked with the agency, and is unaware of the alleged program targeting the iPhone known as DROPOUTJEEP.

Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers’ privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up to date with the latest advancements. Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them.

Here’s another interesting line, which you can read in the original slide below. The initial version requires “close access methods,” which means you have to have physical access to the phone. This would suggest that there’s no way the NSA could be readily installing this on the millions of iPhones around the world and thus spying on them all.

I posted that Jacob Applebaum 30c3 NSA presentation yesterday in another thread.

The NSA DROPOUTJEEP slide is from 2008, targeting an early version of iOS where NSA had physical access to the device. We don't have information of that NSA hack successfully targeting the newer iOS 6, released late 2012, or iOS 7, released September 2013. iOS 6 & 7 combined are installed on 96% of the entire world's iOS devices, with the majority of devices iOS 7.

AppleInsider, December 31, 2013

iOS 7 now installed on 78% of active Apple handheld devices

Apple's figures cover the 7-day period ending Dec. 29, 2013. With iOS 7 covering the lion's share of Apple mobile devices, iOS 6 remains installed on 18 percent of users' handsets, while earlier versions of iOS account for 4 percent.

The gains made by iOS 7 over the last month came entirely at the hands of iOS 6, which fell from 22 percent at the start of December. Earlier iOS versions remained flat at 4 percent.

The figures reaffirm users' quick adoption of Apple's latest software, as iOS 7 was only released to the public in mid September of this year.

While it is worrying that NSA successfully targeted an early iOS, possibly later iOS also, there is way more worrying information from that Jacob Applebaum presentation. Regarding other software & hardware: remote, non-physical access to Scamsung phones, the NSA's favorite mobile target; remote, non-physical access to Microsoft Windows, the NSA's favorite computer Operating System target. As far as we know, Apple OS X & iOS are more secure than Scamsung/Android/Windows combined. There is way more crazy information also.