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Russia Wants to Double Check Apple’s Source Code For Spy Tools

by Todd Haselton | July 30, 2014July 30, 2014 10:00 pm PST


Russia and China have both accused Apple of allowing its software to provide back-door access to government agencies like the NSA. Russia is so convinced that Apple is hiding something that it’s now asking Cupertino, in addition to SAP, to hand over source code so that it can inspect it… you know, just to make sure there aren’t any spy tools hanging around.

It’s highly unlikely that Apple would ever agree to this, and it’s more likely that Russia is simply reacting to the increased sanctions leveraged against it yesterday. China has flexed its own muscle against tech firms recently, too, and earlier this week invaded four of Microsoft’s China offices amid antitrust fears. Reuters said Germany, Brazil and India have all raised concerns about U.S. tech firms and NSA spying.

“Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 and U.S. intelligence services’ public statements about the strengthening of surveillance of Russia in 2014 have raised a serious question of trust in foreign software and hardware,” Russian Communication Minister Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said recently.

Nikiforov believes that, if Apple really has nothing to worry about, it’ll hand over the source code. Nope, probably not going to happen.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...