Apple denies reported NSA ‘backdoor’ iPhone access

BY newsdesk  December 31, 2013 at 2:25 PM EDT

Tech giant Apple has responded to newly released documents claiming the National Security Agency has a method for gaining backdoor access to its iPhones. According to All Things D, Apple said it never worked with the agency and is unaware of the software program known as “DROPOUTJEEP,” which the German news magazine Der Spiegel made public Monday.

The software can reportedly be implanted into phones to push and pull files, retrieve text messages, contact lists, voice mail messages, locations and other information. According to The Daily Dot, the documents showed the NSA needs physical access to the phones to install the program, which it gained by rerouting shipments of online purchases.

Here’s Apple’s statement, via All things D:

“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.”

H/T Sam Lane