Apple Denies Opening iPhone “Backdoor” To NSA Hackers

Apple on Tuesday released a statement saying it has never worked with the National Security Agency NSA to create a backdoor for the government. According to a report this week, a spying program called DROPOUTJEEP gave the NSA access to any Apple iPhone, though the documents cited were from 2008; the same program gave the agency access to other devices communicating through GSM as well. Other exploits from the NSA reportedly allowed the agency to hijack Wi-Fi from up to eight miles away. under is Apples statement to TechCrunch in full: 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 simple for customers to maintain their software up to date with the latest advancements. Whenever we heard about attempts to undermine Apples industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to guard our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of whos behind them. The report originated from Der Spiegel on Sunday, and claimed the NSA had a Tailored Access Operations TAO unit that is capable of gaining access to foreign computer systems for national security purposes. Additionally, Der Spiegel claimed a separate division within NSA, known as ANT, put information together about hacking consumer electronics, which includes a number of devices and different methods. The reason people suspected Apple had cooperated was Der Spiegels allegation that the NSA could snoop on iPhones with 100 success, suggesting the Cupertino company set up a backdoor. Since reports began circulating about the NSA, a number of huge name tech companies immediately distanced themselves from the agency; Apple, AOL, Yahoo, Twitter, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Google and Facebook even requested a global government surveillance reform. Since the alleged document cited by Der Spiegel was dated back in 2008, its unclear where the program stands now. In Apples statement, the company makes it distinct it has never cooperated with the NSA, and is constantly improving on the security of its devices. So while Apple is supposedly working on keeping malicious hackers out, the agency could very well be tapping into your device iPhone or otherwise.