Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) denied all allegations regarding “backdoor” in its iPhone following a leaked document from the security researcher revealing that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) had unencumbered access to the iPhone.
Apple accused of compromising security
According to Security researcher, Jacob Applebaum the NSA program was based on the already revealed documents about NSA tapping iPhones. As per Applebaum, NSA tracked the messages of the contacts, located a phone using cell tower data, access voice mail or activate an iPhone microphone and camera under a secret program called DROPOUTJEEP. The researcher said that NSA is able to access this information through “an iPhone backdoor.” A German Daily Der Spiegel also revealed the documents about which Applebaum discussed in a conference, in Germany.
Graham Cluley, a security researcher said that the documents presented by Applebaum at the conference reveal a wide range of tools that “NSA uses against other technology companies like including HP (Hewlett-Packard) servers, Cisco firewalls, Huawei routers, and so on.” However, the reseracher added that these documents do not put a seal on the speculations that NSA has complete access on the iPhones.
“It may be that they have since found unpatched vulnerabilities in iOS to install the spyware onto targeted devices remotely… but that’s not what the leaked documents say,” Cluley said.
Apple denying all claims
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) said that it “has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone.” Adding to it, the iPhone maker said that it was not known to them that NSA program is targeting Apple products.
The Cupertino based company stated that it is taking all necessary efforts to make the products more secure and give greater access to the users to upgrade their software in line with the latest advancements. Further, the company said that it would employ its best resources to wither away the threat projected by the malicious hackers and safeguard customers from security attacks, irrespective of the entity behind them.
Another legal battle
A recent report reveals a brawl between the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and a lawyer appointed by Federal court to look into the matters related to the iPhone maker and some established publishing house involved in manipulating the prices of the ebooks. Lawyer Michael Bromwich accused Apple of not cooperating into the investigation, and denying the interviews with top level officials. Bromwich wrote several pages email where he revealed the dispute running between him and Apple, where the tech giant is allegedly not even satisfied with the fee charged by Bromwich.