Wikileaks Releases "NightSkies 1.2": Proof CIA Bugs "Factory Fresh" iPhones

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The latest leaks from WikiLeaks' Vault 7 is titled “Dark Matter” and claims that the CIA has been bugging “factory fresh” iPhones since at least 2008 through suppliers.  The full documents are expected to be released after a 10 a.m. EDT “press briefing” that WikiLeaks promoted on its Twitter.

Here is a live stream of the pending press briefing with Julian Assange:

And here is the full press release from WikiLeaks:

Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Dark Matter", which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB). 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.


Among others, these documents reveal the "Sonic Screwdriver" project which, as explained by the CIA, is a "mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting" allowing an attacker to boot its attack software for example from a USB stick "even when a firmware password is enabled". The CIA's "Sonic Screwdriver" infector is stored on the modified firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.


"DarkSeaSkies" is "an implant that persists in the EFI firmware of an Apple MacBook Air computer" and consists of "DarkMatter", "SeaPea" and "NightSkies", respectively EFI, kernel-space and user-space implants.


Documents on the "Triton" MacOSX malware, its infector "Dark Mallet" and its EFI-persistent version "DerStake" are also included in this release. While the DerStake1.4 manual released today dates to 2013, other Vault 7 documents show that as of 2016 the CIA continues to rely on and update these systems and is working on the production of DerStarke2.0.


Also included in this release is the manual for the CIA's "NightSkies 1.2" a "beacon/loader/implant tool" for the Apple iPhone. Noteworthy is that NightSkies had reached 1.2 by 2008, and is expressly designed to be physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones. i.e the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets since at least 2008.


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 (opening, infecting, and resending) leaving the United States or otherwise.

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GeezerGeek's picture

that is the domain of the Toilet Safety Administration (TSA), not the Criminal Infections Agency (CIA). [H/T South Park]

BurningBetty's picture

The tension between true freedom of thought and compliance is building. Give it a few more years and this will end in a disaster, or should I say chaos. Then follows the same mantra; order out of chaos. 

Stinkytofu's picture

you think TRUMP has an iPhone?


so comey was right, after all!

they dinna "wiretap" his office.

Bill of Rights's picture

Im texting on my Iphone right now

Dear CIA....fuck off.

Sebastianbelle's picture

London is burning and Lady Liberty is crying! Screw these low life scum buckets! Sorry that is the best I could muster!

VWAndy's picture

 No better tool exists to root out corruption.

  If Trump wanted to drain the swamp it would be all to easy with tools like these in the right hands. In many ways this shows me a few things about how all governments are actually running. Most telling about law enforcement agencies and the people working for them. They know what everyone is up to. Yet all the biggest criminals walk free.

  About that oathkeeper thing?  Thanks for nothing! Yall helped the bad guys every step of the way.

TheGardener's picture

Might is right. Take it easy mate.


Want it more philosophical ? How about in freaking German : Recht ist die Rechtfertigung der Macht.

VWAndy's picture

 Still clueless about how this is going to end I see.

TheGardener's picture

Surprise , surprise. You indeed have a clue of how this is going to end ?

I gave you a fig leaf with Nietzsche and the return of the same.

VWAndy's picture

 Might makes right is just a big pile of the biggest bullies bullshit theory. Logic for cowards.

TheGardener's picture

Listen bully : I said might is right . Not makes... or any make up.

With logic for cowards you could be onto something, but obviously you are not into discussing your pre-defined schedule

where there is rule of law defined by your very enemy and you are stuck with it.

VWAndy's picture

 You dont call anyone a bully in fight club punk.

TheGardener's picture

Might is right.


And I stand corrected, you are not my or anyones mate.


And you are the one who is  completely clueless what rules mean

and that there is no end, just eternal means towards.

aloha_snakbar's picture

If anyone thinks they are not bugging ALL smart phones, then I have a dam in California I would like to sell you...

Silver Savior's picture

If you are not doing anything wrong why does all this bother you? lol. You are watched everywhere probably even out in the woods. Oooops!

LA_Goldbug's picture

Yes, that is exactly how the East Germans lived their lives. Happy as can be. Until that used the wrong words and then ....

TheGardener's picture

But free pussy and cheap beer went a long way ...

TheGardener's picture

until a classmate of mine cracked the wrong joke about the dear leader in the Kremlin.

He performed and behaved poorly in school before and lived in a houshold without a father (a bad bad back then) and thus had been a

marked one before he uttered just one wrong sentence . It did rhyme and was funny, him having assumed being the class clown he probably could not help but spelling it out with wit to boot.

Hence taken from his mother into a foster home/correctional facility of sorts at age 13. Very rough camps to be sent to as a recalcitrant youth.

Old castle with barbed wire and old style ditches, but with a focus on vocational training that made an excellent joiner and later good tradesman out of this guy. Very lucky guy indeed. Most of those thus institutionalised went on to a career of being in need of being institutionalised.



DEMIZEN's picture

cant see the danger if you dont live it.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Can't see the forest for the trees?

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"If you are not doing anything wrong why does all this bother you?"

I see your LOL, but this objection comes up a lot....esp when talking to self serving pigs of the intelligence apparati. The problem is you ARE doing something wrong, simply by existing.  Read Silvergate's "Three Felonies a Day:  How the Feds Target the Innocent" for more proof.  It's a bit dated (2011), esp since there have probably been more than a 1000 new regulations in the intervening 5+ years, but it's still relevant. 

The law is no longer a shield to protect the innocent, but a cudgel to bludgeon the innocent into meek compliance.  The really interesting part though is the law-giver types still feel the need to compile "evidence" against their supposed victims, which may in turn explain their compulsion at collecting every scrap of information they can on you.

Stinkbug 1's picture


Whether or not you're doing anything 'wrong' is beside the point, because ... 

It provides Jobs for those few IT workers, jobs for the private prison guards, and jobs for law enforcement that carry out the commands.

Same for arms manufacturing, and healthcare workers for victims of the american diet ....  a perpetual motion machine, oblivious to common notions of right or wrong. 


VWAndy's picture

 What about theft of my ideas for better cars and trucks and all those other would be inventors of good or better things? Do you really think these spooks would not swipe anything worth a few $$ ?   /

  We still know nothing of what all or how all of this illegally collected info is used or in whos intrest its being used for. Take the interesting case of Gary Webb? All this time has passed and these people still walk free.

Kat Daddy's picture

So if this software is installed through iPhone suppliers, (Verizon, ATT, Best Buy, etc.) would  a phone bought directly from an Apple store be compromised?

manasaputrah's picture

We know the Geek Squad has been authorized to plant and survey computers brought to them at Best Buy. What is to stop the CIA from planting malware at Foxconn directly, with or without Apple's knowledge? My suspicion is Apple has been lying to us all along.

GreatUncle's picture

You can actually imagine now the request for Apple to unlock iphones for intelligence agencies was to put the iphone on an legal footing for them to break in as and when they felt like it.

Because other than that, with all this shit they needn't having fucking bothered.

Realised as soon as Microsoft was taken to court it was to make Windows a readily hacked OS forever more so the population all over the word could be spied upon.

Updates after that are really no more than updating the spy capability.

Hence I never update, prefer the virus and a complete reinstall where necessary but be careful.

ZeroBeek's picture

And you think Trump is going to do something about this?


TheGardener's picture

Hahaha, Hitlary and her kind unfortunately still alive would have done everything to make our life more miserable up to and including war.

Trump ain´t no need to be doing freaking nothing except not being Hitlary.

Rolln's picture


To not just assume that this has been happening is just ignorant...

HenryHall's picture

If your company's employees are allowed to have iPhones then their conversations are going to any American competitors that you might have. That's why you can't take the battery out safely.

CIA spying makes America great again!

FreedomWriter's picture

If people stopped buying Iphones and bankrupted one of the biggest companies in the world, we might actually get somewhere.

Fartbook, Gaggle, Amazombie, Twatter and the other corrupt, blood-sucking, data-raping, complicit corporations need to be dissolved. Their executives need to be charged with high treason. Their assets need to be re-distributed to the bung-holed citizenry who unwittingly used their "free services". Their government handlers need long sessions of extreme waterboarding in overseas hell-holes. Before enjoying a brief incarceration in a local dungeon.

Next, we roll out the guillotines and firing squads. Online polls decide who goes first.

All coming from a pissed-off, pacifist libertarian who voted for the outlier, winning candidate. 

No need to re-invent the wheel, mes camerades sans-culottes et deplorables. The opposition doesn't believe in rule of law, due process or fair trials, so why should we?

Finding their bunkers and completing the job will be easy, All bunker sales records and geo-coordinates are available on Tim Cuck's, Mark Suckerberg's and Jeff Beezlebub's personal USB keys. With any luck, WikiLeaks wil release them first.



Grumbleduke's picture

gotta love the land of the free!

A beacon of light in a world full of darkness!

One question remains, though - should I loub up, or take the freedom dick dry up my bunghole? Because 'merica, you're the best!

manasaputrah's picture

“. . . in a world full of darkness!”, adding further darkness.

Smedley's picture

Bugged before it even leaves the factory....ahhhhhhh...smells like freedom!!


Smedley's picture

Can I get some Freedom Fries with that spyPhone 8?



cashtoash's picture

if this tool exists, why have they NOT jailed all thiefs who call themselves members of congress??

cashtoash's picture

if this tool exists, why have they NOT jailed all thiefs who call themselves members of congress??

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

Come on now, you can answer your own question.  As one example, why was Denny Hastert brought down w/pedo allegations WHEN he was brought down?  How'd he go off the reservation in a way the Deep State did not like, such that he was destroyed? 

I get it, the man is filth but the key question in Washington is always, Why Now?  If the thieves in Congress remain in Congress, it is b/c they are still useful somehow.  When their usefulness is gone or they've turned positively harmful, they will be dispatched w/the sub rosa information collected by our "intelligence" agencies.

Herdee's picture

The next bug might just be a forced government intelligence implant into your arm in order to monitor your every movement within the Empire. Any use of paper money will be outlawed. Think it's impossible?

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

Do you think the Apple symbol (an apple w/a bite out of it) is accidental?  Something about "...take the mark on your forehead or in your hand..."

JPMorgan's picture

As an American company the real question is Apple being complicit in this activity. 

TePikoElPozo's picture

does a bear shit in the woods ?

FreedomWriter's picture

JPMorgan, your otherwise excellent comment was only missing a sarc tag.

Complicity isn't even the question anymore. Very few of these companies can really put a stop to this as long as Uncle Sam keep his hand in the cookie jar.  Otherwise they'll be accused of colluding with the Russians or something.

Any governmental organization that has reached this level of unbridled corruption has no problem coercing a company like Apple (or Verizon, or ATT, or Microsoft, or Google, or Facebook, the list is so long) into weaving its evil web.

The thing people don't get is this: if the CIA can get into your phone, desktop or server, anyone with access to this technology can do the same. This is why cybercrime is skyrocketing and physical crime is decreasing. Mcafee projects that losses from cybercrime will reach 2 TRILLION USD by 2019. Is anyone paying attention?

The next question is when will people become angry enough to put a stop to it. 

"In a world of unlimited cyber vulnerability, protecting your private data will soon become a revolutionary act."


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TePikoElPozo's picture

even the free obamaphones ??

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

CIA has to make sure their drug dealers aren't skimming dope or cash, doing independent deals, or working for the competition.

hooligan2009's picture

so the i-phone is a surveillance device used by the CIA to spy on foreign and US people, whenever the CIA feels like it, no matter where they are in the world and what they are doing?

friendly manitoba's picture

so cormey was lying this week. - obama didnt have trump tower tapped ...

there were 5000 taps already in place ...

kinda of like saying a bj isnt sex

big surprises - apple doesnt pay taxes. , and the spooks listen to fkn everything