Join us at TNW Conference 2022 for insights into the future of tech →

The heart of tech

This article was published on March 23, 2017

WikiLeaks unveils how CIA reportedly hacked our Apple products

WikiLeaks unveils how CIA reportedly hacked our Apple products
Rachel Kaser
Story by

Rachel Kaser

Internet Culture Writer

Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

A document cache released by WikiLeaks reportedly shows how the CIA has been hacking your iPhone for almost a decade.

WikiLeaks opened Vault 7 — a massive collection of alleged CIA hacking secrets — earlier this month. Now its released “Dark Matter,” new documents from the Vault dating as far back as 2008 which “demonstrate [the CIA’s] use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.”

The projects include “Sonic Screwdriver” — a mechanism “for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting.” The code is stored in the firmware of an Apple thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter. The oldest document, “NightSkies,” shows how the CIA reportedly accessed the second-gen iPhone 3G with malware that could remain in place even with a fresh OS install.

While the processes detailed in the document are old and might not work with the newest generation of Apple’s OSes, Dark Matter does show the CIA reportedly found ways into the devices very soon after they were released.

WikiLeaks has the rest of the here.

via Motherboard