The WSJ reports that Apple engineers are working to address the remaining CIA exploits found in the WikiLeaks leak earlier this week. However, there are a few obstacles in the way that would prevent the company from doing so.
Apple engineers quickly began calling colleagues to bring them up to speed on the data dump and to coordinate the company’s response to this new security threat, according to a person familiar with the situation
The biggest challenge for tech companies is that the documents leaked by WikiLeaks is reportedly only 1% of the amount of data the CIA holds, which means larger vulnerabilities may be at risk.
It’s a scenario that could very well repeat itself again if WikiLeaks discloses new secrets allegedly taken from the CIA. The group says that it has now disclosed just 1% of the documents in its possession. “If it is the case that they have so much more, that, I think, will have a lot of people quite nervous,” said Thomas Rid, a professor of security studies with King’s College London.
Apple on Tuesday said that many of the exploits found in the leak has already been patched.
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.
Luckily, the AP reports that WikiLeaks will be giving the CIA hacking tools to tech companies. This could possibly mean that companies such as Apple will be able to patch these exploits much quicker.
BREAKING: Julian Assange: WikiLeaks has decided to give details of CIA hacking tools to tech companies .
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 9, 2017