CIA's Latest Hack Targets Apple Products; Are You Safe?
A new leak has insinuated that the US Central Intelligence Agency previously tried to hack into various Apple products, such as iPhones and MacBooks. The tool that was developed was in use from 2009 to 2013 and would be difficult to still use for today's tech generation. However, it was a strong and successful and could not be removed despite reinstalling the operating system.
According to WikiLeaks, the publication that also leaked the documents, the CIA project infected Apple Mac firmware. This meant that even if users reinstalled the operating system or upgraded the same, it would not make a difference as the tool would still work. The same was reportedly developed by the agency's Embedded Development Branch.
The tools were extensively discussed in the documents and several projects made up the entirety of it. There was one that was dubbed Sonic Screwdriver, which was focused on executing codes that were on peripheral devices the MacBook or iMac were booting up. There was also DarkSeaSkies, which persisted on EFI firmware of the MacBook Air. Meanwhile, iPhones were hacked via NightSkies 1.2, an implant tool.
The CIA has since responded to the leaked documents, as noted by C|Net. The agency reiterated a statement that it made earlier this month by declining to comment whether or not the documents were authentic or not. A few weeks ago, it was also accused of targeting the operating systems of popular phones and PCs, including the Samsung SmartTV that normally required physical access.
"It is CIA's job to be innovative, cutting-edge, and the first line of defense in protecting this country from enemies abroad," the statement said. "America deserves nothing less." Meanwhile, apple has not released its own official statement regarding the incident. However, users are now reportedly safe from the previously mentioned tools and projects, as these would theoretically not work with the current hardware from Apple.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Is A Market Killer
Qualcomm has just unveiled its latest System on Chip, the Snapdragon 835, which is a great improvement from the 820 chip that was released last year. Moreover, the company is releasing a new platform with the processor.
2017 Apple MacBook Launch Scheduled For Q3
Apple is set to have a big year, with the reveal of the upcoming iPhone 8 getting most of the attention. However, the brand’s loyalists are also looking forward to a new generation of 2017 MacBooks.
Want A Red iPhone 7? Get The Limited Edition
In a surprising move, Apple has just released a limited edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, wherein the unit has an aluminum red finish. A purchase helps contribute to the Global Fund.
Samsung Galaxy S8 News: The World May Enjoy Its Rose Pink Color Soon
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Rose Pink may see its worldwide debut following its successful Taiwan appearance.
Meet Airbar, This $99 Gadget Instantly Converts A MacBook Air Into A Touchscreen Computer
Now, any MacBook Air can be a touchscreen notebook with this new Airbar. The scanner of this gadget can scan the whole screen and the hand movement to manipulate the screen contents.
iPhone 8 Can Scan A User's Face While Device Is Lying Flat, HomePod Firmware Suggests
Apple's iPhone 8 is coming with an advanced facial recognition feature to give extra security to users. HomePod Firmware announced in their recent update that users can unlock their phone in any angle once their facial data registered to the device.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Welcome To InsurTech: The Next Generation of Insurers
With how quickly technology has advanced in the past couple of decades, it's no wonder that it is changing many industries as we know it. Insurtech is sure to give insurance companies a new look and a modern business model to go by.
How Do Personal Emergency Response Systems Work?
Personal emergency response systems, known as PERS for short, are systems that help people to raise the alarm and get immediate help when a medical or personal emergency occurs. They are ideal for older people and anyone with a mobility issue or an injury or illness that can cause falls.
Game Developers’ Different Roles in the Studio
Learn about the different professionals involved in developing video games. Becoming a game developer is one of the coolest jobs around and your 14-year-old self, perched on the edge of your bed as you play PlayStation, will thank you for making such an awesome career move.
Surviving Your First Year of College
You Did It! You’re Off to College! Congratulations! You have finished high school and are off to college. The sense of accomplishment is overwhelming, and you have not even graduated yet! However, beware of the pitfalls. The allure of going to college is often associated with one word—freedom. You are leaving home to be on your own. You can have all the friends you want, stay up as late as you want, and perhaps spend as much money as you want. If you keep your head, you can avoid the problems associated with college life.