Apple Denies Knowledge of NSA's iPhone Spying Program

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by MacRumors, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Yesterday, it was reported that the National Security Agency was able to capture live data from compromised iPhones including live camera, GPS, cell tower location and more.

    Apple has now issued a statement denying that it ever cooperated with the NSA, according to AllThingsD.
    According to yesterday's report, the NSA could install special software onto iPhones as part of a program called DROPOUTJEEP, that provides significant access to user data and other relevant information. The leaked documents describing the program were from 2008, so it is unknown how effective the NSA's current iPhone efforts are.

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    Article Link: Apple Denies Knowledge of NSA's iPhone Spying Program
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    Honestly getting sick of all the lying. Clearly one side is lying. I somehow doubt the leaked documents are lies.

    I love Apple but come on...
  3. macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
    And yet there's a jailbreak out.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2007
    Does a bear **** in the wood?
  5. macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2013
    In real life? Sure. Saw one today.
  6. macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
    If you've got nothing to hide, what's the problem? This day and age, what's wrong with eyes and ears?
  7. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2013
    Why don't you post your bank account and medical records here on the forum?

    If you've got nothing to hide, what's the problem?
  8. macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2003
    The leaked documents aren't contradicting Apple -- why is it difficult to believe that the NSA was able to install spyware on iPhones that they had physical possession of without Apple's knowledge?

    We've known about jailbreaking, which also requires physical possession of the phone, how is this any different? Do you think Apple was engaged in some deep dark conspiracy to leave the bugs that allowed jailbreaking?
  9. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    If it is true it is never in Apple's good interest to tell the truth. They'll never say it is happening with the knowledge.
  10. macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2009
    From yesterday's article: Appelbaum said in a talk at the Chaos Communication Congress this weekend that he believes Apple assisted the NSA in its spying efforts though he cannot prove it and he hopes Apple will clarify what assistance they do or do not give the NSA.
  11. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    If you've got nothing to hide, you don't have a life. There are plenty of things in my life that are just nobody's ********** business.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2013
    I don't think that's the point. The thing is my is stuff is mine and is not of anyones concern. That's why we have a thing called privacy and big fat is USA trying to **** on us.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    I don't care because I'm not a terrorist or a famous person.
  14. macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2010
    Austin, TX
    Because when governments start doing corrupt things like hacking your phone, they also start doing things like planting child porn on the computers of people who have opposing political views.

    You really want lying corrupt gangsters running the police and military unchecked?
  15. macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2010
    Apple just called out the NSA as malicious hackers....
  16. macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2003
    That's exactly what they are.
  17. macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Of course they do... why wouldn't they? :rolleyes:
  18. macrumors 68000


    Dec 9, 2008
    Now all we need to do is ask them if they're lying; then we'll know for sure.
  19. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    1. Everybody has something to hide. Usually the "if you've got nothing to hide..." claptrap is dished out by politicians, who have usually more to hide than the average person. Including things like former British home secretary Jaqui Smith charging the husband's porn consumption under expenses.

    2. We know there are certain things that Apple and other companies are not allowed to tell, but there is currently no way to order Apple or other companies to lie.

    Excellent observation.
  20. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    Apple is so crooked.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2008
    I'm pretty sure hiding your bank account from trolls on an online forum is a little different, given the opportunity for theft/ID theft.

    He's talking about a little less sensitive information that doesn't give someone the opportunity to steal from you.

    I don't defend the NSAs actions, they are scum and apparently the only entity allowed to break our laws without having to answer for them. But at the same time, I'm not really losing any sleep over it, because frankly there's nothing really interesting for them to find out about me, I'm just some schmuck living an honest life.

    Is it creepy and totally appalling? Yes. Is it the same as handing bank account information to irresponsible strangers on the internet who would steal from you in a heartbeat? No, not really. I doubt that's the NSAs purpose of spying.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2003
    There are lots of zero-day exploits floating out there. I'm not sure how many of them are on iOS, but really, if you were a jailbreaker and were offered $5m for your exploit it would be hard to turn down.

    You don't need Apple's help to break open an iPhone. You would need Apple to not patch your vulnerability if it came to their attention.
  23. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    I bet that if I knew _everything_ about you, I could get you into major trouble.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2008
    This is another example of a tech company using weasel words. Apple says they never worked with the NSA, but that doesn't mean that they never worked with an NSA contractor.

    Some things deserve privacy. You think it's OK for people to find out names of rape victims? That just happened recently:
  25. macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
    The NSA is looking out for terrorist activity. Good luck to them. If my mundane emails go through them, why should I care? It'll only bore them. What have you people got to hide that's so important to world security?

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