“People within Apple released the most basic code, central to the Iphone’s existence, to Github in unencrypted form anyone could read. This is the code the NSA puts their bugs in, and now, no doubt, there are droves of programmers going over the code to reveal exactly how bad it is compromised. The exact operating system the code was for is IOS 9, which is a recent version, but not the latest IOS 11. 9 is probably good enough to tell all.
The media is focusing on how this can be used to jail break phones, but the real issue here (that they would never talk about) is the fact that you can bet foreign governments are combing their way through the Iphone’s source code to see exactly where the NSA put their back doors in, and where the back doors might lead to.This clearly demonstrates the risk companies face when they cooperate with intelligence agencies to produce products that are penetrable for some people, and not others.
All it takes is someone who cares about the public more than they care about their job and the deep state to blow the whole thing wide open. Obviously the linked article does not say this will pull the pants off the NSA yet again and instead stays on the sideline talking about jail breaking phones – but who would expect them to tell the public what is really going on with this?
The code that has been released is the exact code that allows them to keep the phone’s microphone and camera on when it is turned off. It is the code that will allow the NSA or others to plant “evidence” on your phone, or read everything on it in the background, without you ever noticing. It is the code that will allow them to place specialized software on your phone without you ever knowing or seeing it, in case they want to add features to their spying abilities, such as applications that would cause the phone to continue recording it’s location via GPS while you are out of reach of any cell tower, and then, when you are back in reach, send them a map of everywhere you went, what you said, and what you saw.
Out of box the phone probably does not have that ability simply because it would be risky when it ate memory space in the phone – astute users might notice, so the NSA would only use such applications in special cases.Obviously they are not going to tell the public about this in any way that would really allow the public to know what is going on, but they can’t stop the Russians, Iranians, and whoever else from getting a boost in their state security.