Biggest shock of the year: NSA can access all data on any iPhone via DROPOUTJEEP
Scary, isn’t it? When we think things are not so scary now and all out data on our mobile handset is safe, we get another shock. The National Security Agency not only can access laptops and but it can get access to everything you have stored in your iPhone via a programme called DROPOUTJEEP.
According to the Privacy and Cybersecurity activist and researcher Jacob Applebaum, NSA has apparent ability to access just about all your iPhone data through a this program. According to a report in Forbes Applebaum revealed some startling information about the program during a speech at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress in Germany.
“The NSA apparently claims a 100% success rate in installing the malware on iPhones” says this news report.
The application program is used as an implanat and has the ability to use specific SIGINT functionality that has the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device. SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection. All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted, says a screenshot of the presentation published by Forbes.
Apple is yet to comment on this. But the matter raises a question- Did Apple helped NSA develop this malware or let the malware work calmly? Applebaum also asks this question at a point in the presentation. “I don’t really believe that Apple didn’t help them” he answers himself taking the concerns a bt further.
He clarifies “I can’t really prove it, but they [the NSA] literally claim that anytime they target an iOS device, that it will succeed for implantation. Either they have a huge collection of exploits that work against Apple products, meaning that they are hoarding information about critical systems that American companies produce and sabotaging them, or Apple sabotaged it themselves. Not sure which one it is. I’d like to believe that since Apple didn’t join the PRISM program until after Steve Jobs died, that maybe it’s just that they write shitty software.”
The matter however, remains as a grave concern. For those who pick an iPhone for security reasons, this definitely comes as a shock.