Apple has refuted the claims made by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) on Thursday, alleging that the company collaborated with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to conduct surveillance on Russian iPhone users.
In a statement provided to the media, Apple firmly stated that it has never engaged in any cooperation with any government to install a backdoor in its products and has no intentions of doing so in the future.
It’s worth noting that Russian government information doesn’t exactly scream “unquestionable trust,” as we previously highlighted.
Apple introduced an innovative security feature called Lockdown Mode in July last year. This feature offers enhanced protection to users who may face highly targeted cyberattacks from private companies involved in the development of state-sponsored spyware. Additionally, Apple disclosed the details of its $10 million grant aimed at supporting research on identifying and combating such threats.
Lockdown Mode is an optional feature designed for individuals who are at high risk of sophisticated digital threats due to their personal or professional circumstances. It significantly limits certain apps, websites, and features to minimize the attack surface that could potentially be exploited by advanced spyware. Consequently, some experiences may not be available while Lockdown Mode is active.