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Harvard Study: Apple Slows Down Old iPhones To Boost Sales Of New Models

A Harvard University study has discovered that Apple deliberately slow down old iPhones weeks before a new iPhone is launched.  According to the study, Google searches for “iPhone slow” spiked multiple times just ahead of the release of a new model. Anongroup…

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WIKILEAKS’ ‘DARK MATTER’ DUMP SHOWS CIA’S IPHONE, MACBOOK HACKS

CIA documents published by WikiLeaks Thursday reveal hacks used by the agency against Apple cellphones and computers.

Dubbed “Dark Matter,” the documents, a new addition to WikiLeaks’ ongoing “Vault 7” dump, detail hacks developed for iPhones and MacBooks as far back as 2008.

“These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain ‘persistence’ on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware,” a WikiLeaks press release says.

By targeting the firmware, CIA hackers can remain in control of an infected device even if the target wipes the data and re-installs the operating system.


One such tool, known as “Sonic Screwdriver,” is, according to the CIA, a “mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting…”

By providing a target with a compromised peripheral device such as an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter, which stores “Sonic Screwdriver” in its firmware, the CIA can gain persistence “even when a firmware password is enabled” on the target computer.

A 2008 document discussing an attack on iPhones, called “NightSkies,” reveals a malicious implant that would be physically installed on a new device. One method of deploying the hack could potentially involve intercepting an iPhone before it reaches a target.

“The tool operates in the background providing upload, download and execution capability on the device,” the document states. “NS is installed via physical access to the device and will wait for user activity before beaconing.”…

via WikiLeaks’ ‘Dark Matter’ Dump Shows CIA Hacks Against iPhones, MacBooks — Infowars

APPLE PAID NO TAX IN NEW ZEALAND OVER PAST DECADE – REPORT

An investigation by the New Zealand Herald newspaper found electronics giant Apple has sold $2.96 billion (NZ$4.2 billion) worth of products since 2007 in the country but has not paid any local tax.

Company tax of $26 million had been reportedly paid to the Australian tax office as the two countries have a treaty where tax is only paid in one jurisdiction.

According to the newspaper, if Apple had “reported the same healthy profit margin in New Zealand as it did for its operations globally,” it would have paid $250.7 million in taxes.

Apple said the arrangement was legal, adding it is “the largest taxpayer in the world” which appreciates and respects the role “taxes play as necessary and important role in our society.”

“We follow the law and pay tax on everything we earn, wherever we operate. Apple aims to be a force for good, and we’re proud of the contributions we’ve made in New Zealand over the past decade,” the company said in a statement.

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Wikileaks Dismantles False BuzzFeed Article in One Tweet | Stillness in the Storm

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


(Jack BurnsLast week, Wikileaks dumped what seems to be authentic CIA documents which revealed, among other things, that the spy agency has a way of hacking into smart TV’s in order to spy on targeted persons of interest. The data dump, known as the Vault 7 release, also showed the CIA has the ability to hack into Apple phones as well. While the conjugation of the verb is apparently incorrect, when Buzzfeed News recently posted a tweet with an attached story which stated Apple had patched its IOS vulnerabilities described in Vault 7, Wikileaks responded with a tweet of its own.

by Jack Burns, March 13th, 2017

Apple Says It Has Patched The Vulnerabilities Mentioned In The Wikileaks Dump Of CIA Cyber Tools https://www.buzzfeed.com/sheerafrenkel/apple-says-they-have-patched-the-vulnerabilities-mentioned-i 

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Apple, Google, And Samsung Respond To WikiLeaks Claims Of CIA Hacking Programs

In a statement, Apple said that the bugs mentioned in the WikiLeaks dump of known vulnerabilities to iOS products have been fixed.

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The agency, committed to forcing governments to operate with transparency, called Buzzfeed “fakenews” and stated Apple had not been able to patch those weaknesses in its operating system.

In Buzzfeed’s own article Apple states: “…our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS…” — not all the issues, as Buzzfeed implied.

At one point, the FBI admitted it had not developed the capability to get into the Apple IOS. Readers may recall James Comey had actually petitioned Congress to force Apple to cooperate with the FBI and help the investigative bureau unlock one of the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhones. Then, abruptly, Comey withdrew his request to mandate Apple to cooperate. As a result, those who were following the story began to speculate the FBI had found another way to get inside the phone…

Source: Wikileaks Dismantles False BuzzFeed Article in One Tweet | Stillness in the Storm

Apple Tells Users To “Update iPhone’s Immediately” Following Wikileaks Dump – Your News Wire

 

Apple is urging users to update their iPhone devices immediately following the WikiLeaks revelation that the CIA are able to listen in on private conversations. According to Apple, any devices that do not have the latest iOS update are at risk from the CIA’s secret hacking program as detailed in WikiLeaks’ Vault7 release on Tuesday.The WikiLeaks release has sent shockwaves around the world after it emerged that the CIA installed malware on devices such as the iPhone, Android, Microsoft Windows, and Samsung Smart TVs…

Source: Apple Tells Users To “Update iPhone’s Immediately” Following Wikileaks Dump – Your News Wire