Wikileaks recently released a CIA-gathered documents involving iPhone and Mac exploits. Apple, on the other hand, has responded already and indicated that those issues have been fixed. In fact, the Cupertino-based company mentioned that those problems took place years ago and consumers have nothing to worry about.
According to TechCrunch, the files were a part of ‘Vault7’ documents. It includes some of the exploits just like the “DarkSeaSkies” which targeted the MacBook Air back in 2013. It was discovered, however, in 2014 and indicated as an attack that inserts an EFI routine called “DarkMatter” to the desktop.
Furthermore, the exploit is reported to have access to personal info like call logs and SMS conversations. As a result, users who have read the leaks were alarmed. That is the main reason why Apple had to release a statement of their own to debunk all these recent reports.
Apple’s Full Statement
“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.”
Obviously, from this statement, consumers should know that Apple has already fixed the issues that were mentioned by WikiLeaks. But, according to Apple Insider, the Cupertino-based company analyzed the previous batch of exploits and shared that “many had already been patched.” Meaning, there are still some that remain unsolved. Let us wait for further statements from Apple.
How about you? Do you think Apple has already fixed these issues revealed by WikiLeaks? Or did they just release a statement so their users would not worry that much? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.