Apple today has announced that they have no involvement in the NSA snooping on all their iPhone devices, they claim that they have no involvement in the installation of the software meaning that NSA has been able to hack into their servers and install the software without company notification. This goes to show us the capabilities that the NSA has and what they are willing to do.
Apple has released a statement over this collection and hacking of iPhone devices
“ 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 proper 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.”
However, the NSA has said that they only gather information from devices outside of the United States where they don’t need a call for because for the NSA to gather information on any person in the United States they would need a warrant and then be able to prove that the information they are gathering is from the person that they want the warrant on.
The NSA is being sued by major tech companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple over the snooping and hacking of their servers to collect information but how far will this go and what can they change? The NSA has done this for years and only recently has it been brought to light by Edward Snowden who has been periodically releasing information about the technology that the NSA has and what they are actually doing to gather this information.
What will Apple do to protect their customers security and privacy or is there nothing that they can do? Te best move Apple could do is figure out how it is the NSA is able to install the software and then try to patch the area that they are getting into. Then the next move would to be able to remove the software that the NSA has installed but this could end up causing all sorts of legal issues and then they have to be able to defend their actions.