CIA was hacking iPhones one year after launch: WikiLeaks

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks has claimed the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been hacking Apple products to spy on their owners.

The new WikiLeaks release, called Vault 7 “Dark Matter,” was released on Thursday.  It described a handful of programs that the CIA has apparently used for nearly a decade—in some cases to surreptitiously monitor Apple device owners.

It also claimed that another bug called NightSkies 1.2, a “beacon/loader/implant tool,” has been specifically made for iPhones. The bug that runs in the background provides the CIA with command and control capabilities.

WikiLeaks said the malware has been installed on factory fresh devices since at least 2008 for surveillance. The website believes it’s possible the CIA had redirected iPhone shipments to install the tool.

Julian Assange, founder of the online leaking platform WikiLeaks, is seen on a screen as he addresses journalists via a live video connection during a press…

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