Apple To Planet Earth: Most Of The Stuff In The WikiLeaks Dump Is Already Fixed

If you’re an iOS user who is worried about your security due to the WikiLeaks dump of CIA hacking tools, you have less reason to worry. Apple said in a statement provided to TechCrunch that most of the vulnerabilities detailed in the dump have been patched:

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. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system. While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities. We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates.

So, what that says to me is that if you’re running iOS 10.2.1, you’re mostly protected. It also implies that the upcoming iOS 10.3 which is in beta now will likely have some more fixes in that. That’s great for iOS users. But one has to wonder what the state of affairs is for macOS users or watchOS users. I’d love to see a statement from Apple on that because while this is a good first step, they need to do more.

Oh, I have a message for Google, Microsoft, Samsung and those who make smart TVs and IoT devices. The universe would love to see a statement that tells the world what your state of affairs is and how you’re going to protect your users.



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