Yesterday, a leaked document from NSA claims that NSA can access all details on iPhone through a spyware program called DROPOUTJEEP. The report said that the U.S. National Security Agency has a method for gaining backdoor access to its iPhone. Now apple has the given statement about the allegations. Apple said that it never worked with NSA to install a backdoor program iPhone device owners.
The statement given to AllThingsD Apple said:
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.
According to the Der Spiegel documents, DROPOUTJEEP is software that can be implanted on an iPhone. It provides SIGINT or signals intelligence including the ability to push and pull files from the phone, retrieve text messages, contact lists, voice mail messages, the phone’s location, and turn on the internal microphone and activate the camera. Data can be removed or “exfiltrated” as the slide reads, over wireless data connections.
This is the second time Apple has publicly responded to allegations that it is involved in some type of spying program with the National Security Agency. In june also it was reported that Apple and other 8 Tech companies are involved in NSA PRISM Program. Apple had denied that report also.