Apple responds to allegations of iOS ‘backdoor’

“Information security has never been a more sensitive subject than it is these days, so it’s little surprise that allegations from a security researcher that iOS contains a ‘backdoor’ permitting access to users’ information provoked a strong response from Apple,” Dan Moren reports for Macworld. “Those accusations came from security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski, who was presenting at the Hackers on Planet Earth conference earlier this wee.”

“Apple, as you might expect, did not take these allegations lying down,” Moren reports. “‘We have designed iOS so that its diagnostic functions do not compromise user privacy and security, but still provides needed information to enterprise IT departments, developers and Apple for troubleshooting technical issues,’ an Apple spokesperson told Macworld. ‘A user must have unlocked their device and agreed to trust another computer before that computer is able to access this limited diagnostic data. The user must agree to share this information, and data is never transferred without their consent.'”

Moren reports, “The company also reiterated its stance that it doesn’t compromise its systems for the purpose of providing those access points to the authorities: ‘As we have said before, Apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services.'”

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55 Comments

  1. Why can’t they just use one of those ‘back-door plugs’ that everyone in Hollywood is always raving about?

    I mean, if the California Elite know how to plug a leak….and Apple is right there….well…..get on it!

  2. Although I trust Apple with user security and privacy more than any other at the moment – the wording of the statement (below) concerns me.

    The actual quoted portion from Apple says:
    “(Apple) has never worked with any government agency…”

    What about:
    ‘Apple has never created any backdoor for any purpose that could be used by us or anyone (including governments) to gain private user data.’ ?

    There is too much room and a lack of specific claim in the quote provided. They *may* have created back doors (not saying they have) and this press release doesn’t actually say they haven’t. So *if* they have they are still not lying.

    “The company also reiterated its stance that it doesn’t compromise its systems for the purpose of providing those access points to the authorities: ‘As we have said before, Apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services.’”

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