The United States National Security Agency (NSA) reportedly has a backdoor codenamed ‘DROPOUTJEEP’ on that gives them access to anything on an Apple iPhone including its microphone, camera, SMS messages, and more. If you ever get that feeling that someone might be watching you, it is because they might be. This news comes from leaked documents that were recently unveiled by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum, speaking at the Chaos Communication Conference in Hamburg, Germany. This program has a “100 percent success rate when it comes to implanting iOS devices with spyware.”
DROPOUTJEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality. This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device, SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control, and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection. All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted.
For now, the NSA needs physical access to a device to install the spyware. This has been achieved by rerouting shipments of devices purchased online, but a remote version of the exploit is said to be in the works. It is not known if Apple created this huge backdoor security hole for the government or if the government was able to find a major exploit.
Here is a Youtube video of Appelbaum’s entire presentation: