Apple Comments On Latest Wikileaks Info Dump

Yesterday, Wikileaks did a second info dump which centered around exploits used by the CIA to get into OS X and the fact that the CIA got into the supply chain of iPhone shipments to slip their software onto them. Apple has since come out with a statement that is kind of interesting:

We have preliminarily assessed the Wikileaks disclosures from this morning. Based on our initial analysis, the alleged iPhone vulnerability affected iPhone 3G only and was fixed in 2009 when iPhone 3GS was released. Additionally, our preliminary assessment shows the alleged Mac vulnerabilities were previously fixed in all Macs launched after 2013.

We have not negotiated with Wikileaks for any information. We have given them instructions to submit any information they wish through our normal process under our standard terms. Thus far, we have not received any information from them that isn’t in the public domain. We are tireless defenders of our users’ security and privacy, but we do not condone theft or coordinate with those that threaten to harm our users.

Well….what is in this statement is what I was I was expecting Apple to say as when I read the documents in the dump, it seemed like this was stuff that Apple had already fixed. But one thing to keep in mind is that based on the way the statement is written, they are still looking at this. Thus you can expect that anything that they haven’t already addressed will be fixed very quickly. Another thing to point out is that Apple took the opportunity to take a shot at Wikileaks about their disclosure of the exploits themselves. That’s interesting. I will be interested to see how Wikileaks responds to that.


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