The alleged CIA hacking documents published by WikiLeaks yesterday includes details of exploits against Android OS, Widows, iPhones, and even Samsung smart TVs. But Apple has assured users that “many” of the vulnerabilities in the files have already been patched in the latest public version of iOS, which arrived in January.
The 8761 documents that WikiLeaks claims originate from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI) contain 14 iOS exploits that would allow the organization to track and monitor iPhone users, and even take control of their handsets.
Some of the exploits were apparently developed by the CCI in-house, while others were bought on the open market or gathered through other agencies, such as the FBI, NSA, and the UK’s GCHQ.
Apple has been quick to responded to the document dump, stating that many of the mentioned iOS vulnerabilities are already patched, and it is working to fix any new ones.
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 work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities. We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates.
For security reasons, Apple did not specify which exploits had already been patched and which ones it is still addressing.
Google, Microsoft, and Samsung have said little or nothing on the subject of their products’ appearance in the documents. The CIA told The New York Times that they do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents.