(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – In a recent article from German magazine, Der Spiegel, NSA slides featuring a software implant dubbed “DROPOUTJEEP” were published revealing the agencies capabilities of fully accessing Apple’s iPhones.
According to Der Spiegel, NSA analysts refer to iPhone users as “zombies who pay for their own surveillance.”
“The initial release of DROPOUTJEEP will focus on installing the implant via close access methods. A remote installation capability will be pursued for a future release,” states a NSA slide.
Once the software is on the device, it is capable of accessing user’s information such as contact lists, voicemails, text messages, and the person’s location via the phone and cell towers.
Additionally, the smartphone can be turned into a recording and video device, or a “hot mic”, which is used by tapping into the internal microphone and the iPhone’s camera, states a report from The New York Times.
On Tuesday, Apple released a statement denying any involvement with the NSA.
“Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers’ privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up to date with the latest advancements.”
“Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them,” continued the companies statement.