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No, The NSA Can’t Hack Your iPhone Any Time It Likes

by | 2nd, January 2014

ONE of the claims that was made over the break was that the NSA, the US crypto spies, could hack into anyone’s iPhone any time. This was all as a result of the Edward Snowden documents of course. The sad thing about this is that it was rather blown up out of proportion by one Jacob Appelbaum, one of the hangers on along with Glen Greenwald and Laura Poitras, around those Snowden documents.

Appelbaum went on to demand that Apple reveal which of the two dastardly things it had been doing: had it been cooperating with the NSA? Or had it just left the most appalling security breach open just for the hell of it?

The problem with this demand is that, well, the NSA didn’t actually say that it could hack any iPhone any time. What it did say is that if it could get close contact with one specific iPhone then it could hack that. And that’s a very different claim indeed: for you or I could hack an iPhone if we had close contact with it.

OK, so maybe we could

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