Apple Says Most Of The CIA Exploits Were Already Patched

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Apple says it believes “many” of the issues and vulnerabilities that were revealed in WikiLeaks’ dump of classified CIA intelligence have already been resolved.

WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy non-profit, released documents Tuesday that allegedly show how the CIA’s Mobile Development Branch (one of the many subdivisions of the agency) generates malware in order to “infest, control, and exfiltrate data from iPhones and other Apple products running iOS, such as iPads.”

“While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to (sic) rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities,” Apple said Tuesday in an official statement, according to Axios.

Apple wasn’t the only big tech company to be affected. Google’s Android operating system, which is used to run the vast majority of the world’s smartphones, including ones manufactured by Sony, HTC, and Samsung, was targeted by the CIA’s covert operations.

And it wasn’t just smartphones. In a technique called “Weeping Angel,” the CIA’s Embedded Devices Branch (EDB) would allegedly infiltrate smart (internet-connected) TVs and transform them into surreptitious microphones, recording people’s conversations with no detection. (RELATED: How The CIA Turned An American Pastime Into A Global Spying Apparatus)

Apple, though, doesn’t want its customers to worry about any remaining gaps in the security of its devices and operating system.

“Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security. The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way,” the tech conglomerate said.

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