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Apple Denies Knowledge of NSA's iPhone Spying Program

NSA LogoYesterday, it was reported that the National Security Agency was able to capture live data from compromised iPhones including live camera, GPS, cell tower location and more.

Apple has now issued a statement denying that it ever cooperated with the NSA, according to AllThingsD.
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 yesterday's report, the NSA could install special software onto iPhones as part of a program called DROPOUTJEEP, that provides significant access to user data and other relevant information. The leaked documents describing the program were from 2008, so it is unknown how effective the NSA's current iPhone efforts are.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

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11 months ago

If you've got nothing to hide, what's the problem? This day and age, what's wrong with eyes and ears?


Why don't you post your bank account and medical records here on the forum?

If you've got nothing to hide, what's the problem?
Rating: 72 Votes
11 months ago

If you've got nothing to hide, what's the problem? This day and age, what's wrong with eyes and ears?


If you've got nothing to hide, you don't have a life. There are plenty of things in my life that are just nobody's ********** business.
Rating: 56 Votes
11 months ago

If you've got nothing to hide, what's the problem? This day and age, what's wrong with eyes and ears?


Because when governments start doing corrupt things like hacking your phone, they also start doing things like planting child porn on the computers of people who have opposing political views.

You really want lying corrupt gangsters running the police and military unchecked?
Rating: 51 Votes
11 months ago
Apple just called out the NSA as malicious hackers....
Rating: 47 Votes
11 months ago

Apple just called out the NSA as malicious hackers....


That's exactly what they are.
Rating: 45 Votes
11 months ago

If you've got nothing to hide, what's the problem? This day and age, what's wrong with eyes and ears?


Oh God, please help us...another one of THESE people.
Rating: 32 Votes
11 months ago

Honestly getting sick of all the lying. Clearly one side is lying. I somehow doubt the leaked documents are lies.

I love Apple but come on...

The leaked documents aren't contradicting Apple -- why is it difficult to believe that the NSA was able to install spyware on iPhones that they had physical possession of without Apple's knowledge?

We've known about jailbreaking, which also requires physical possession of the phone, how is this any different? Do you think Apple was engaged in some deep dark conspiracy to leave the bugs that allowed jailbreaking?
Rating: 30 Votes
11 months ago

I don't care because I'm not a terrorist or a famous person.


I bet that if I knew _everything_ about you, I could get you into major trouble.
Rating: 29 Votes
11 months ago

If you've got nothing to hide, what's the problem? This day and age, what's wrong with eyes and ears?



No offense but people as short sighted as yourself scare the hell out of me.
Rating: 23 Votes
11 months ago

If you've got nothing to hide, what's the problem? This day and age, what's wrong with eyes and ears?


Everyone has secrets, things that are not illegal, but should just remain secrets.

Forget the obvious 'medical records credit history etc...'... Maybe you are working on the next big iPhone app, the next Harry Potter, do you want all that exposed?
Rating: 14 Votes

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