Through a secret program code-named DROPOUTJEEP, the National Security Agency (NSA) has nearly total access to the Apple iPhone, according to documents from security research Jacob Appelbaum and Der Spiegel.
A leaked NSA document, posted by tech news site The Daily Dot describes a “software implant for the Apple iPhone” that can be used to gather information from the phone: It can turn on the microphone and camera, intercept text messages, creep through a contact list and more.
“Either [the NSA] have a huge collection of exploits that work against Apple products, meaning they are hoarding information about critical systems that American companies produce, and sabotaging them, or Apple sabotaged it themselves,” Appelbaum said at the Chaos Communication Conference in Hamburg, Germany on Monday, Dec. 30.
The software reportedly has a 100-percent success rate against iPhones, the Daily Dot reported. The document says the spyware must be installed “via close access methods,” but states that remote installation of the software will be pursued for a future release.
The document is dated Jan. 8, 2010, and is set to be declassified in 2032.
Previous leaked documents published by Der Spiegel revealed how the NSA is able to hack into Blackberry and Android devices as well