Apple strongly denies putting surveillance backdoors into its iOS mobile …
In a strongly-worded statement released on Thursday, tech giant Apple has denied forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski’s claims that the company has put surveillance backdoors into its iOS mobile operating system for its iPhone and iPad devices.
In a notably vociferous assertion, Apple has said that it makes efforts to safeguard its iOS devices from police as well as government snooping; and denied any kind of collusion with the surveillance programmes of US intelligence agencies such as the NSA and CIA.
Apple’s statement comes against the backdrop of Zdziarski’s revelation – during a speech at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference in New York earlier this week – about an entire raft of backdoors, attack points and spying mechanisms built into Apple’s popular iOS devices.
According to Zdziarski, unauthorized parties can use the undocumented functions to wirelessly extract sensitive information from iOS devices, without the need of a password or PIN.
Refuting Zdziarski’s claims, Apple said that its iOS mobile operating system has been designed in such a way that the diagnostic functions of the software do not compromise user privacy and security. However, the company also added alongside that the iOS “provides needed information to enterprise IT departments, developers and Apple for troubleshooting technical issues.”