Apple iPhone users have been given advice over hacking
Apple iPhones along with iOS and Android devices were allegedly targeting by hackers trying zero-day exploits – which are undisclosed software security flaws.
The shock claims were made in the WikiLeaks Vault 7 data dump, which also claimed Samsung Smart TVs were at risk from snoopers.
It is the first part of the ‘Year Zero’ series being released by Julian Assange’s organisation.
The Vault 7 leaks claims that the CIA have tried to use alleged exploits to hack into everyday people’s iPhones, Android phones and Samsung smart TVs.
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The veracity of these claims have not been verified.
The WikiLeaks report lists 14 alleged iOS vulnerabilities – and 24 different zero-day exploits for Android devices.
However, an Apple spokesperson has come out to say that many iOS issues listed by WikiLeaks have been patched in the latest software update.
Speaking to TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson said: “Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security.
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“The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way.
“Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system.
“While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities.
“We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates.”
Express.co.uk have also contacted Google for comment regarding the alleged CIA attempts to hack Android devices.
Speaking about Samsung's Smart TVs, a spokesperson previously said: "Samsung takes consumer privacy very seriously.
"In all of our Smart TVs we employ industry-standard security safeguards and practices, including data encryption, to secure consumers' personal information and prevent unauthorized collection or use.
"Should consumers enable the voice recognition capability, the voice data consists of TV commands, or search sentences, only. Users can easily recognize if the voice recognition feature is activated because a microphone icon appears on the screen."
Some brands of Samsung Smart TVs are allegedly affected, according to the WikiLeaks data dump
Apple have advised iPhone owners to update to the latest version of iOS
In the build-up to the bombshell announcement today, WikiLeaks’ Twitter account posted a cryptic question: “What is Vault 7?"
A statement from WikiLeaks announced: “Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the US Central Intelligence Agency.
“Code-named ‘Vault 7’ by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.
“The first full part of the series, ‘Year Zero’, comprises 8,761 documents and files from an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina."
WikiLeaks made the shock claims in their Vault 7 data dump
WikiLeaks added: “‘Year Zero’ introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of ‘zero day’ weaponised exploits against a wide range of US and European company products."
It is not the first time the CIA have been accused of trying to hack consumer products.
In 2015 The Intercept claimed the CIA had tried to break through the security of iPhones and iPads over a period of years.
Speaking about the latest allegations, CIA spokesperson Jonathan Liu said: “We do not comment on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents.”