Apple Denies That iOS "Backdoors" Allow Users to Be Spied On

By Tom Pritchard on at

It has been reported by a number of news sources that security expert Jonathan Zdziarski had found a number of backdoors in iOS that could be exploited by various organisations to spy on citizens. Apple has since responded to the allegations, and denied anything of the sort occurred.

In an email to Tim Bradshaw, a journalist at the Financial Times, Apple claims that these co-called "backdoors" are diagnostic in nature and primarily used for troubleshooting technical problems.

"We have designed iOS so that its diagnostic functions do not compromise user privacy and security, but still provides needed information to enterprise IT departments, developers and Apple for troubleshooting technical issues. A user must have unlocked their device and agreed to trust another computer before that computer is able to access this limited diagnostic data. The user must agree to share this information, and data is never transferred without their consent.

As we have said before, Apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products of services."

It makes sense that this would be a feature in Apple's software, and hopefully someone in the know will come forward to corroborate Apple's statement. But worst case scenraio is that this is simply an oversight on Apple's behalf, not some grand conspiracy that has Apple allowing the NSA free reign access to user data. [@tim via Techspot]