Apple rejects working with NSA. Apple Inc states that the National Security Agency had developed a system to hack into and monitor iPhones called “Dropout Jeep,” saying it never worked with the US spy agency and was unaware of efforts to target its smartphones.
Apple rejects working with NSA
Germany´s Der Spiegel reported this week that a secretive unit of the NSA, now under fire for the extent and depth of its spying programs around the world, makes specialized gear and software to infiltrate and monitor a plethora of computing devices, including mobile phones.
The report included an NSA graphic dated 2008 that outlined a system in development called DROPOUTJEEP, calling it a “software implant” that allows infiltrators to push and pull and retrieve data from iPhones such as contact lists.
Der Spiegel referred to it as a “trojan,” or malware that helps hackers get into protected systems. The report, which surfaced on Sunday, did not suggest that Apple had cooperated with the US spying agency on so-called backdoors.
The iPhone was a relatively new-fangled gadget in 2008. It hit the market in 2007 and proceeded to help revolutionize the mobile phone industry.