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Apple stands by security following CIA data dump

by Todd Haselton | March 8, 2017March 8, 2017 6:30 am PST

An alleged dump of CIA documents published by Wikileaks yesterday suggests that the CIA has backdoors into all sorts of devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and more. For those of us who might have thought we were safe from prying eyes, it certainly suggested, once again, that there’s always someone watching.

Apple, in an effort to perhaps try to calm some fears among its customers, responded to the data dump and said that iPhones have never been safer:

Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security. The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system. While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities. We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates.

Zero day exploits

The odd part here is the CIA was apparently using zero day exploits that, presumably, it thought nobody else had. Meanwhile, Apple says it has already patched those back doors. I want to trust Apple and know that my iPhone is safe, but I can’t help but imagine the CIA will just get right back around any new measures.


Todd Haselton

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