Apple responds to CIA hacking revelation

Tim Cook, Apple

Tim Cook, Apple

Apple has issued a public statement in light of Wikileaks exposure of the CIA’s, likely to be illegal, hacking activities against all popular operating systems.

Alleviating owners’ fears that the CIA may be able to hack into Apple products, the statement assumes us that Apple has already patched most known issues. Of course there will be haters and media (sometimes the same thing) that will try to install fear into readers by posting out that Apple did not say that all vulnerabilities were patched.

iOS is secure

This seems to indicate that there are still vulnerabilities that are actively being exploited however if we read the documents released by Wikileaks then we will see that there are no current vulnerabilities that are being exploited by the CIA.

Take a look at the CIA list of vulnerabilities for the iPhone and notice that there are no vulnerabilities for iOS 10. Obviously if you keep your iPhone or iPad up to date you will not be subject to any vulnerabilities at all.

Apple statement: “Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security. The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers and we’re constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system.

While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue to work rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities. We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates.”

I suspect that Apple’s statement was simply a conservative way to say that no one knows if the CIA has actually found a vulnerability that we don’t know about yet so its best to not speak in absolutes. What is important to focus onto is that Apple clearly stated that they off the best secured consumer operating system in the world and that Apple is committed to keeping its systems as secure as is humanly possible.

Rest assured that Apple’s iOS and macOS operating systems are still the very best, safest and most secure operating system available today.

Google’s guilty silence

What truly speaks volumes is that Google has had plenty of time to make a public statement but as of right now, it has not done so. This is not surprising since its well known (via various leaks) that Google freely gives any government agency unfettered access to all user accounts and records, basically violating all of our privacy. Its also well known that Google does an incredibly poor job of patching the innumerable security vulnerabilities in Droid and as if that was not bad enough, Google does not give security updates to all users of all the various versions of the Droid operating system, which ultimately leads that 80% of Droid users cannot get security patches so they remain permanently insecure.

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