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December 31, 2013

NSA Spying App Can Be Secretly Installed on iPhones

Apple photo — The iPhone 5S.

If you have an iPhone, the National Security Agency has the ability to sift through your text messages, contacts and voicemails if it so chooses courtesy of covert software called Dropout Jeep.

The app, which can be surreptitiously installed on an iPhone without the owner’s knowledge, even enables the NSA to activate the phone’s camera or mic to gain real-time surveillance, according to security researcher Jacob Applebaum.

Applebaum, while speaking at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress in Germany, said the NSA can even use cell towers to find the phone owner’s location as well as remotely push new files to the devices.

Applebaum, who referenced a NSA document courtesy of whistleblower Edward Snowden, said the NSA has a perfect record when it comes to installing Dropout Jeep on targeted iPhones.

The document can be viewed here.

He also questioned Apple’s denials of helping the NSA in any way.

“I don’t really believe that Apple didn’t help them. I can’t really prove it, but (the NSA) literally claim that anytime they target an iOS device, that it will succeed for implantation,” he said during his speech. “Either they have a huge collection of exploits that work against Apple products, meaning that they are hoarding information about critical systems that American companies produce and sabotaging them, or Apple sabotaged it themselves.”

Apple has repeatedly denied giving any government agency, including the NSA, access to its servers unless forced to do so by court order.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.