RISK: CIA has been trying to hack into iPhones, iPads

New Snowden files reveal hacking attempts began in 2006

CIA researchers have been working for almost a decade to hack into iPhones and iPads, The Intercept reports, citing files provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

These documents suggest efforts to break into Apple products began in 2006, a year before the first iPhone was introduced, and continued through to 2013. Researchers present their findings at a secret annual CIA conference called the Trusted Computing Base Jamboree.

Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook published a statement saying Apple has never and will never work “with any  government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.”

For an overview of the situation, read Reuters’ story “CIA sought to hack Apple iPhones from the earliest days.”

For more details, read The Intercept’s story “iSpy: The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple’s Secrets.”

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