A document is published by Wikileaks on Thursday which reveals that Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) is able to infect a MacBook computer and iPhone permanently.
In its second release allegedly from the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools, WikiLeaks also said that it appears the US spy agency has been able since 2008 to insert it bugs onto new and unused iPhones by intervening in Apple’s supply and distribution network.
According to the initial publication of release by the anti-secrecy group of thousands of pages of instructions and code from what it called the entire CIA arsenal of hacking tools.
That document is generally being considered as real but CIA has not spoken anything yet regarding it.
The publication of the documents sparked a US counterintelligence investigation into how the documents leaked out from the CIA and made their way to WikiLeaks, with some people pointing fingers at the agency’s use of private subcontractors as a likely source.
This new documents targets the way how CIA hacks MacBooks and iPhone.
They show the CIA developed a tool in 2012 called “Sonic Screwdriver” that can hijack an Apple computer’s password-protected boot process from peripheral devices like adapters and USB drives. By doing so they can inject a undetectable bug deep into the computer’s essential firmware that will not be erased even when the computer is reformatted.
Wikileaks said While CIA assets are sometimes used to physically infect systems in the custody of a target, 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.”