A dump from WikiLeaks today stated that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has a special team within its Center for Cyber Intelligence that works on finding zero-day exploits for iOS devices. It also confirmed that the CIA has lost most of its hacking arsenal.
Apple has responded to the matter by saying that “many of the issues leaked today were already patched” in the latest version of iOS.
Apple explains (via Kif Leswing) that it is deeply committed to safeguarding the privacy and security of its customers. Stating that “many” of the exploits leaked today have already been fixed and that the company will continue to address vulnerabilities as they are discovered.
“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.”
The data also noted that the CIA has lost many of its zero-day exploits on iOS. Security researchers commented on the leaked data, and some iOS developers were left unimpressed stating that there was nothing new found in the leak.