Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Apple claims iOS vulnerabilities already patched — WikiLeaks CIA document

Apple claims iOS vulnerabilities already patched — WikiLeaks CIA document

"Once this material is effectively disarmed by us we will publish additional details".

This raises doubts about whether major tech firms even have full control over their user's data. According to the agency, the American public should be "deeply troubled by any Wikileaks disclosure created to damage the Intelligence Community's ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries".

Assange said the technology was almost impossible to keep under wraps or even under control.

The leaks also claim that the CIA's Mobile Devices Branch developed a number of ways to remotely hack and control iPhones, iPads, and Android phones. Basically, if you've got something connected to the internet, the CIA can turn it into a covert intelligence device.

The WikiLeaks disclosures were an extraordinary coup for a group that has already rocked American diplomacy with the release of 250,000 State Department cables and embarrassed the Democratic Party with political back-channel chatter and the US military with hundreds of thousands of logs from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The documents detail dozens of hacking tools used by the agency to spy on people, but they also cover specific vulnerabilities in various devices and in several widely used operating systems, such as Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.

It's important to note that, although Google and Apple both say that most of the vulnerabilities are fixed, that doesn't mean all of them are. However, the group is now saying that it will.

Samsung offered a similar statement, emphasizing that "protecting consumers' privacy and the security of our devices is a top priority", and promised that the claims would be investigated.

Meanwhile, in 2014 a top lawyer representing the NSA told a hearing of the United States government's institutional privacy watchdog that technology companies were not only fully aware of the agency's mass collection of data, but had provided assistance.

WikiLeaks said the archive was circulated "among former USA government hackers and contractors", before one of them passed it onto the whistleblowing group - suggesting it was an insider similar to Edward Snowden who handled the documents.

"The clear move is to notify vendors", said Chris Wysopal, co-founder and chief technology officer of Veracode Inc.

However, other reports are suggesting that contractors likely breached security and handed the documents over to WikiLeaks.

Several companies have already said they are confident that their recent security updates have already accounted for the alleged flaws described in the Central Intelligence Agency documents.

"This is huge, in terms of what it will tell the adversaries", Morrell said. "Our capabilities are now diminished". "While our initial analysis indicates that numerous issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue to work rapidly to address any identified vulnerabilities", an Apple spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday.

In a statement reported by BuzzFeed News, Apple said it is aware of numerous vulnerabilities and has already patched them.

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