Apple: NSA are ‘Malicious Hackers’

I reported this week that researcher Jacob Appelbaum asked a very important question: Is Apple helping the NSA spy on its customers?

Today, tech giant Apple Inc. responded to allegations that it worked with the NSA on an iPhone backdoor with choice words for the National Security Agency.

The program, called DROPOUTJEEP, was disclosed by top-secret documents released by security research Jacob Appelbaum and the German magazine, Der Speigel. DROPOUTJEEP, according to leaked documents, has a 100 percent success rate, pushing and pulling files from the phone, retrieving text messages, contact lists, voice mail messages, the phone’s location and turning on the internal microphone and activating the camera.

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Here is Apple’s statement:

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“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.”

Apple isn’t the only tech company expressing anger or disbelief over the NSA. According to Business Insider, Microsoft is also not pleased with the trampling of its customers’ privacy.

“We all want to live in a world that is safe and secure, but we also want to live in a country that is protected by the Constitution,” wrote Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith. The company has vowed to sue the government over every non-transparent data request it gets, reports Business Insider.

In December, The Guardian reported that tech giants Google, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter and AOL joined Apple and Microsoft to send an open letter to President Obama, asking for sweeping policy changes to help restore citizens’ trust in the Internet.

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