Apple claims no knowledge of alleged NSA spying program

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

Apple (AAPL) yesterday said it has never worked with the National Security Agency to allow the latter to insert a spyware program called "DROPOUTJEEP" into iPhones.

"We have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products," Apple said.

The company was responding to allegations from researcher Jacob Appelbaum that the NSA used the software to collect information from text messages, contact lists, voicemails and location data. DROPOUTJEEP could also activate the device's microphones and camera. Appelbaum cited leaked documents from 2008 to support his claims.

Appelbaum's assertions came after Der Spiegel reported that the NSA had targeted products from U.S. tech companies such as Cisco (CSCO) and Dell.