WikiLeaks has published documents that revealed that the CIA uses many tools to exploit zero day vulnerabilities in Apple devices like iPhones and iPads, although, in a statement, Apple has said that it has patched most of these vulnerabilities.
The documents released by WikiLeaks revealed that the CIA has hacking tools that would allow the intelligence organization to monitor iPhone users and even control the devices remotely. Some of these monitoring devices have been developed in-house by the CIA and some have been acquired by the agency. The WikiLeaks dump also says that the CIA has lost control of most of the hacking tools it has.
TechCrunch received this statement from an Apple spokesperson:
“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.”
Many security analysts remain unimpressed by the recent WikiLeaks document dump because they say that none of these exploits had been used to access information from iPhones.