Apple has steered clear of the NSA controversy by denying their involvement in creating backdoors in iOS for the agency.
German magazine, Der Spiegel, has published various reports exposing the NSA's tactics to spy on users. In a recent article, the magazine claimed that iPhones can be spied on using a software called "DROPOUT JEEP" created by the NSA using backdoors present in iOS. Now, Apple has denied all the claims and insists that they have not worked with the NSA to create backdoors in iOS which facilitate spying on iPhone users.
The report from Der Spiegel includes details of the spying program referred to as "software implant" which allows the infiltrators to access data such as contacts and messages and can remotely activate the phone's microphone and camera as well.
According to the information gathered from leaked NSA documents, the program which allows the agency to access the personal data on iPhones has a 100 percent success rate when implanting into the device, which is a major security concern if true. In its reply, Apple has reaffirmed that, they 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."
It was reported recently that the NSA goes to various lengths to include the spyware on PCs before shipping to consumers, and the new report exposes more of the agency's reach when it comes to surveillance.