WikiLeaks has claimed the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been
hacking Apple products to spy on their owners.
WikiLeaks release, called Vault 7 “Dark Matter,” was released on
Thursday. It described a handful of programs that the CIA has
apparently used for nearly a decade—in some cases to surreptitiously
monitor Apple device owners.
It also claimed that another bug
called NightSkies 1.2, a “beacon/loader/implant tool,” has been
specifically made for iPhones. The bug that runs in the background
provides the CIA with command and control capabilities.
WikiLeaks said the malware has been installed on factory fresh devices since at least 2008 for surveillance. The website believes it’s possible the CIA had redirected iPhone shipments to install the tool.
Assange, founder of the online leaking platform WikiLeaks, is seen on a
screen as he addresses journalists via a live video connection during a
press conference on the platform’s 10th anniversary in Berlin, October
4, 2016. (Photo by AFP)”While CIA assets are
sometimes used to physically infect systems in the custody of a target
it is likely that many CIA physical access attacks have infected the
targeted organization’s supply chain including by interdicting mail
orders and other shipments (opening, infecting, and resending) leaving
the United States or otherwise,” the organization said.
“Currently, NightSkies does not have stealth and persistence capabilities,” it said.
to the report, the British and the US intelligence services have also
been using smart televisions as spies and a covert microphone to collect