WikiLeaks: CIA Can Infect 'Factory Fresh' iPhones
March 23, 2017
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has technology capable of
infecting “factory fresh” iPhones and has been bugging the
devices since at least 2008, WikiLeaks claimed Thursday.
In a statement released on its website, the whistleblowing
organization said the technology developed by the CIA’s Embedded
Development Branch (EDB) was designed to be physically installed
onto new iPhones.
“It is likely that many CIA physical access attacks have
infected the targeted organization's supply chain including by
interdicting mail orders and other shipments [opening,
infecting, and resending] leaving the United States or
otherwise,” the statement read.
Another alleged CIA tool, exposed in the WikiLeaks release
Thursday, has the ability to execute code from a USB stick while
a Mac computer is still booting up, allowing a user to bypass
firmware passwords and load the attack software.
release is the latest batch of documents published by WikiLeaks
alleging to show espionage programs used by the U.S. spy agency.
A previous WikiLeaks release purported to expose a massive
hacking program employed by the CIA.
Among the revelations in the previous release came accusations
that the CIA possesses a library of hacking malware employed by
other states, including Russia, that it can use to leave behind
false “fingerprints” to cover up its exploits and mislead
A spokesman for the CIA said at the time the agency does not
comment “on the authenticity of purported intelligence