On Tuesday, internet watchdog Wikileaks released a dump of documents that clearly cites the ability of the federal intelligence agencies like CIA to hack into Apple devices, which had been dubbed as one of the safest devices on the planet when it comes to privacy and elite level encryption technology.
To the facts that have been released by Wikileaks, Apple has reported that all the bugs and vulnerabilities that have been indicated in the Wikileaks have been patched and fixed. The company has also released a statement for its users to keep their Apple devices updated with the latest bug fixes so as to keep themselves safe from any kind of intrusion. In the statement, it says, “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.”
The dump by Wikileaks, called as the Vault7 has been one of the significant insights it has purported in the past few months including the ones it released just prior to the elections in 2016. In the document, it is claimed that the CIA has furnished a global covert hacking program called “year zero” that targets using the malware arsenal and other weaponized exploits to gain access to any device including those by Apple. There have also been rumours on the social media that claims CIA using the technological arsenal at its disposal to hack into a wide range of devices like Microsoft’s Windows, Samsung TVs and even electronically controlled cars to gain political leverage.
A can of worms was opened when the CIA and tech giant, Apple got into a very legal and very public dispute over the federal government asking Apple to co-operate the investigation by helping FBI to get into the iPhone used by San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan last year.
Ever since then, significant questions have been raised over the role of CIA using cyber tools to get access to private data of the citizens thereby severely compromising their right to privacy and Apple’s stance on this entire issue, as it has claimed itself to make one of the safest data encrypted devices in the world.