Apple has issued a statement to TechCrunch clarifying that the exploits and vulnerabilities mentioned in today’s leaked CIA documents by WikiLeaks are old and were patched by the company a long time ago.
The Cupertino company notes that the iPhone vulnerability mentioned in the document only affected the iPhone 3G back in 2009 and was fixed in the same year. As for the Mac vulnerabilities, they were all fixed in Macs launched after 2013.
The leaked documents mentioned that the exploits could be used to access information like call logs and SMS conversations, but this was only possible when one had physical access to a device.
We have preliminarily assessed the Wikileaks disclosures from this morning. Based on our initial analysis, the alleged iPhone vulnerability affected iPhone 3G only and was fixed in 2009 when iPhone 3GS was released. Additionally, our preliminary assessment shows the alleged Mac vulnerabilities were previously fixed in all Macs launched after 2013.
We have not negotiated with Wikileaks for any information. We have given them instructions to submit any information they wish through our normal process under our standard terms. Thus far, we have not received any information from them that isn’t in the public domain. We are tireless defenders of our users’ security and privacy, but we do not condone theft or coordinate with those that threaten to harm our users.
The leaked documents from WikiLeaks had previously revealed that CIA has dedicated hacking units to develop zero-day exploits and malware for iOS and other platforms.
While the leaked vulnerabilities and exploits in today’s leaked CIA documents are old, it does not mean that the government does not possibly have access to working exploits.