Security expert and independent journalist Jacob Appelbaum recently told a hacker conference in Germany that the National Security Agency has the ability to turn iPhones into instruments of eavesdropping.
At Hamburg's Chaos Communications Conference, according to the Associated Press, Applebaum said the NSA's capabilities are "are even worse than your worst nightmares."
During his presentation, Applebaum showed a slide detailing how the NSA can deposit malicious software called DOPOUTJEEP on an iPhone that "utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality" and basically turn the device into a pocket-sized double agent.
"This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device, SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc.," the slide explained.
"Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone," the company told All Things D. "Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products."