Apple Mac and iPhone Infected by the CIA via Sonic Screwdriver
Ever since Wikileaks started dumping vital CIA information, everyone was able to see how they operate and don’t care about privacy. The Wikileaks documents we are talking about showcase the fact that the CIA was able to alter a Mac’s firmware through the use of a special “sonic screwdriver”. We need to disclose that the documents in cause date back to November 2012 and they are not verified.
Sonic Screwdriver Infects Mac Firmware
These leaks are as true as they can get because an Apple spokesperson has confirmed that this sonic screwdriver actually exists. In addition, the Apple official has also told Mac users to not worry about this because Apple has patched this security vulnerability. However, Macs that are older than 2013 are still susceptible to this virus.
How does it Work?
The sonic screwdriver uses the Ethernet adapter that’s plugged in the Mac’s Thunderbolt port. The virus is so malicious that once it has been installed, it doesn’t go way. Not even if the Mac’s operating system is wiped and reinstall again. If this sounds familiar is because Macs were affected by another virus that worked the same way back in 2015. Fortunately, Apple has once again patched the security threat. One interesting fact regarding 2015’s Mac virus is that Apple ended up hiring the two hackers that developed the virus.
If it sounded like it couldn’t get worse, it does. The leaked documents also show the CIA managed to infect iPhones straight out of the factory. However, this happened back in 2009 and Apple has more than surely fixed the virus. Additionally, the aforementioned Apple official has confirmed that the iPhones that were affected by this virus were iPhone 3G and 3GS.
We have to admit that this is quite a worrying trend. Leaving aside the fact that the CIA is always looking for ways to spy on people, Apple’s security should be tighter. The Cupertino based tech giant needs to take matters into its own hands and guarantee a higher overall security. If not, Apple is surely going to lose some of its loyal fans.