“Is Apple’s wildly popular iPhone series hiding spyware that can collect information about users without their knowledge. As thoroughly as developers have dug through Apple’s iOS code over the past seven and a half years, one would think functionality like that would have been unearthed by now,” Zach Epstein reports for BGR. “According to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, however, iPhones are capable of activating ‘special software’ behind the scenes that collects information about users, who are completely oblivious to the fact that their phones are gathering this sensitive data.”
“Edward Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena recently spoke with Russian news agency RIA Novosti, and their conversation spanned several topics,” Epstein reports. “‘Edward never uses an iPhone; he’s got a simple phone,’ Kucherena said. ‘The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner having to press a button and gather information about him; that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone.'”
“We haven’t seen anything new in the Snowden documents that suggests Apple itself has secret software on its iPhones that collect personal data without users’ knowledge, however,” Epstein reports, “so it will be interesting to see if Kucherena or Snowden himself will elaborate on these comments in the coming days.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Something lost in translation? This seems specious, to say the least.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Eric24601” for the heads up.]