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After Wikileaks revealed a treasure trove of documents and software applications used by the CIA for surveillance, Apple was quick to respond that all of its iOS devices were safe from many of the identified vulnerabilities mentioned in the report.
Apple in a response to an email disclosed that as long as its users are running its latest firmware, they will be safe. Apple’s response was first reported by Buzzfeed.
The latest software update for iOS which was released not too long ago in January seems to have already patched many of the critical vulnerabilities, mentioned in the leaked documents.
Here’s Apple’s statement on iOS-related stuff in the WikiLeaks CIA data dump. pic.twitter.com/QiAWx8ZXpT
— John Paczkowski (@JohnPaczkowski) March 8, 2017
Oddly, there are still a few other vulnerabilities that were discovered in yesterday’s leak on which Apple Engineers are already at working on, zero days that were known only to the CIA.
On Tuesday, anti-secrecy organisation WikiLeaks on Tuesday released thousands of documents that described sophisticated software tools used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions.
It turned out to be an eye opener for users and for software and hardware giants, as plenty of new vulnerabilities were discovered in the 8,761 documents and files, in applications and devices that were until now claimed to be bullet proof.
Apart from Apple, smartphones and smart TVs, the CIA had managed to discover and bypass encryption technology on smartphone messaging services like Signal, WhatsApp and Telegram as well.