WikiLeaks’ New Dump Shows How The CIA Allegedly Hacked Macs and iPhones Almost a Decade Ago


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The new documents show how the CIA was ahead of the curve in attacking Apple computers.

By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai | MOTHERBOARD

Earlier this month, when WikiLeaks dumped a cache of hundreds of secret documents allegedly detailing the CIA’s hacking operations, Julian Assange promised that was just „less than 1%“ of what the secret-spilling had in its hands. On Thursday, WikiLeaks released a new cache of twelve documents, mostly detailing how the CIA allegedly hacked Apple computers and cellphones around a decade ago.

„These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain ‚persistence‘ on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware,“ WikiLeaks stated in a press release.

EFI and UEFI is the core firmware for Macs, the Mac equivalent to the Bios for PCs. By targeting the UEFI, hackers can compromise Macs and the infection persists even after the operating system is re-installed.

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