CIA Sought to Hack Apple Devices: Report

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The Central Intelligence Agency aspired to hack its way into Apple products including the iPhone and iPad, investigative news website The Intercept reported on Tuesday, citing documents provided by Edward Snowden. The documents, which date from 2010 through 2012, do not say whether the intelligence agency was ever successful in hacking into Apple’s products, or what information might have actually been obtained, according to The Intercept. Under the program, the agency allegedly attempted to find their way into the encrypted portion of Apple’s popular devices. NBC News has not independently confirmed this account of the CIA’s activities. An Apple spokesman pointed to previous statements by company CEO Tim Cook in which he emphasized the tech giant’s commitment to privacy. “I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services,” Cook said in a statement on the company’s website. “We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.”


--- Matthew DeLuca