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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soyungato's picture

Without Apple's consent CIA couldn't have screwed with the hardware. Apple has a shit load of cash. Are there lawyers out there willing to take the lead sueing them rotten Apple ?

SMC's picture

My iPhone monitors disapproved of this post...

SMC's picture

Cue big price cuts! lol.

GrokMarkets's picture

Why? With all that extra free software they must be worth more.

TePikoElPozo's picture

spying must have been difficult in the 90's

thank god for cell phones

VWAndy's picture

 Im pretty sure they had ways in the 80s.

LA_Goldbug's picture

And now we are so much safer !!! They must be catching the Bad Guys left and right. OK, there a few that get by but overall.


me or you's picture

Now you know why they went ditched  BB in favor of Apple, Windows  and Android.

SocialistPig's picture

designed to be physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones

which requires a factory-installed backdoor supplied by Apple.  (c.f. iPhone secure bootchain). 

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

Find the suppliers and put them out of operation.

Escapeclaws's picture

Apple makes the best stuff. I like the looks of that new ipad pro for a tablet. Thus stuff is expensive, but high quality. No doubt they havr all kinds of government backdoors. It could be that anyone who uses an Apple product will eventually go to prison for the crime of breathing.

Nevertheless, given that government snooping is there and every breath we take is duly noted at a big facility somewhere in Utah, I am more worried about private parties invading my privacy. For instance, the availability of software that permits a stalker to know where you are at any moment. I don't like it when I complain about something outloud and the I see an ad the next day, say, on Zerohedge that addresses the particular problem.

You can't even give to charity or worthy causes that help people without a massive invasion of privacy. Result is that I give nothing.

We can't stop the state, but can we stop private parties at least?

hooligan2009's picture

welcome to the world of trolling social media with the gods of Amazon, Google and Facebook.

it is a new age - soon there will be a "priesthood" of social media, where you can pay lots of money to go to confession.

what people should be more worried about is the security systems that are supposed to protect you from viruses, bugs and malware. THESE HAVE ALL FAILED - these companies should be sued for not providing the protections they advertized - have you ever wondered what is going on with all the whirrs anc clicking noises when a "scan" is being run? this could quite easily be a surveillance of all your files on your PC/laptop/notepad/phone.

you can use adblockers to stop the ads - 250 million people already do so - but then these blockers surveil your internet traffic in order to block the ads (tricky huh?)

anyways - watch out for a new priesthood of the internet, coming to a screen near you, very soon.

zvzzt's picture

i've got nothing to hide...



Abaco's picture

They have no authority to look at the stuff I have no reason to hide.

Sebastianbelle's picture

Ok I am watching Spicer in the brief today and of course the MSM is asking about Nunes' findings and Spicer is imploring them to use their 'Investigatve' skills! Everyone at Freedom Watch, Zerohedge, InfoWars and Briebart knows what is going on expect this stupid gaggle of a 'Press Cesspool'!

aloha_snakbar's picture

Incidentally, here is your new $800.00 iBug phone... enjoy!

FreeEarCandy's picture

Feed the monster. Buy another phone. Makes me laugh and reminds me of this baboon video. You have to see this video ...


"How to find water when you have a monkey available to torture, some salt and a tree to hide behind for hours."


Just like the baboon, people can't let go of their phone to save their own life. I seen this video over 30 years ago and never forgot it.    

BritBob's picture

There's a lot of spying going on...

Interesting to note that Snowden revealed that the UK was keeping an eye on Argentina and her Malvinas aspirations. But what is the strength of Argentina's Falklands' claim?


Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina:


You can now kick what Wikipedia and what Argentine politicians have said into touch.

TheGardener's picture

But what the hell of a concern is it to you, my esteemed Sponge Bob ? Who the hell on earth could be bothered that the Malvinas are illegaly

claimed and occupied by the the not so great british brittle former empire of sorts ? Trump will give Alaska back before you get a single upvote about here except mine if you fully repent on your preposterous claims . Repentance for all your colonial sins ! /sarc

DEMIZEN's picture

haha lovely. Now I would like to see a bouquet of retards with "surpriced" faces. Like.. how could this happen to us?? LOL.  But why iPhones? 

DYS's picture

I remember back in the mid to late 1990´s when the federal legislation was passed REQUIRING ALL mobile phone MANUFACTURERS to embed the ability to turn on microphones remotely.   

cat2005's picture

It was passed into law?

rejected's picture

No kidding....

I'm shocked, I tell you,,, Shocked!

khakuda's picture

Now we know where the Stasi went when East Germany closed shop.

GernB's picture

I'm unclear on the use of the term "physically install" when applied to software :)

NoCommies's picture

hard coded...i.e. hardware

hibou-Owl's picture

Glad I brought Xiaomi phone, rather have a chinese spy than a stinking yank.
iShit overpriced, software is crap, and now someone spying.

I had three iShits, will never buy another.

me or you's picture

Xiaomi, ZTE and Huawei use their own's up to you the CIA or the Chinese. 


I chose the Chinese. 


* Remember Apple, Microsoft, Google and, Samsung are CIA/NSA run corporations. 

Infinite QE's picture

Current model of China is a zionist creation so I guarantee you they are spying as well.

Dominus Ludificatio's picture

ZTE just agreed to pay the US DOJ over 600 millions for selling phones to Iran.They are using the Qualcom chips (american).The others are propably using the same.

barysenter's picture

Your tax dollars at work, for organized crime. Bend over farther. Farther.

Raul44's picture

I think this is already old story therefore it was published. Right now I am more curious about CPU microcodes, even Linux dropped its own default one in favor of CPU companies proprietary. Also, article speak about MAC's but I find it unlikely Windows systems wouldnt have it as well, but no mention.

David Wooten's picture

What about BlackBerry 10 phones?  Are they too few in number to be worth bothering about?

Cirth42's picture

Is it possible that the outage Blackberries experienced years ago were intended by the CIA to kill the business and open backdoors?

Montana Cowboy's picture

Microsoft and Apple have obviously been heavily exploited. But where is the similar info on Linux? Am I missing it?

pparalegal's picture

EFI/UEFI firmware chips soldered onto the current motherboards. 

me or you's picture

You still can unmount the chips and reset it's not easy task but can be done. 

Hammer of Light's picture

We need a manual on this mate. Any idea's?

me or you's picture

If you don't have certain knowledge of electronic and programming it's kind of hard for one person to do it.


tsuki's picture

And you know that they have a FISA warrant, right, because the McCarthycrats say they would never access anyone without one. 

Barney Fife's picture

Gee, that makes it all fucking better. Some cocksucker in a robe determined that it's a good idea so hence it's "legal". 


pparalegal's picture

And sold to the sheep as "safe boot."  Safe for the CIA.

kidbroge's picture

They should rename the IPhone the IBug. Roach spray not included.

Hammer of Light's picture

Afternoon Rant ~ Make the beast hunger, linger and die.

To All who read - spread the word - operation wild fire -

We independently figured out, that even if you have no wifi on board a machine, they're still getting in. How? through the AMD and Intel CPU chips. This mind you is on the newer chips we found from around 2011 on. My old workstations are never hooked up to the net and there is no other way to access them. I keep both in a steel box making it nearly impossible to gain any sort of signal access. Think of your machines living in a Faraday jar.

These USG and CIA creatures are infected into everything like a plague.

We have STOPPED buying ALL NEW TECH PERIOD and now hunting for older gear to eliminate these diseased maggots from our lives. My biz is going to change also as in I'm hard stopping what I'm doing and taking my shit out of the US. Going only cash or metals and now getting ready to literally take my business out of the US may seem harsh, but I will no longer willingly participate in funding these fucks in any way shape or form. Fuck job creation in the US since the money will be harvested to use against us all. FUCK THESE COCK SUCKERS IN THE MOUTH WITH A DIRTY DICK!

I literally just went out back, pulled out the iPhone and shot it dead through its face with the old 357. Haven't fired that thing in years, felt good killing that iPhone. Droids gone too! Now only a new 15 buck burner every ten days. LOL, I'm not even into drugs hahahahahah. I want my privacy and I'm willing to kill for it... that's called fighting for freedom and LIBERTY. A concept our government has now turned on all of us.

 It is time to throw off these despotism's and appoint new guards for our security. This is specifically what the Declaration of Independence was written for.

The symbolism here... to the CIA - you and your infection is now dead to me.

I just switched out all TV's in the house for 4K DUMB TV's. As in no cpu's, no camera, no wifi, only the LCD itself. Fuck these cock fucking maggots in my government. This is an open act of war upon our own people and the traitors who have done this should be simply killed, as in put up against the wall and shot in the face for what they're doing.

National Security my ass.

It's time for a Tax revolution people. Starve this fucker broke, kill it like we had to kill King George. Well, King George is back and it's time to hunt this motherfucker down and kill it.

1776 2.0 must recommence to rid this tyranny, this kind of aggression and this act of war upon our own.

The CIA is a murder factory, it serves ZERO purpose other than killing and creating more and more death simply to justify their own existence much like many of the bloated agencies that are totally out of control. It's time we begin to eliminate and eradicate those in government for the despotism's they are encroaching upon all of us in every aspect of our lives.

KILL YOUR ENEMY - KILL THEIR MONEY - KILL THEM and all of this can be done without ever firing a single shot.

TAX DEATH - starve this fucker out. I assure all of you, if enough of us just say enough, they will die very fast. I'm 100% IN, all for it! I read aboout this some time back, it will work, I can do math too. We are being attacked, controlled and sabotaged by an enemy from within. It must be rooted out and killed. The fastest way to kill a murderous thug government, kill their money, then draw out those who are the actual perps and kill them too, after a trial of course!

There is no liberty in tyranny and tyranny is exactly what we now have. Death to Tyranny, Starve and Deprive DC that is killing the world and our own ~ I never signed up to turn on my own. Semper Fortis Semper Fi

Common_Law's picture

With regard to not wanting to fund them anymore, are you a Federal Citizen or state citizen? 

More info here:  Although it's a religious site, religious claims are not required in any of their thoroughly documented legal arguments.

Montana Cowboy's picture

Right. Its that old presumption that we are all citizens of the US under the 14th Amendment. But be careful with the claim of state citizenship. Like the word "anarchist" it has been so 'kookified' that you will only get ridiculed into silence, not to mention that it does have legal flaws.

I have found it much better to just explain that the US was a country for almost a century before there was a 14th Amendment. So no matter what you want to call the citizenship of people back then, that's what I claim to be now. Because there was no citizenship alternatives back then, there was no name or label for their citizenship. So don't let anyone suggest that if you can't come up with a name or label, that you are a nut-job. Claiming state citizenship is not productive in winning your battle.

One good supporting document is the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo in California. It clearly permits people to be citizens of California or the US, and in some cases, both. That treaty has never been rescinded, revoked, voided or diminished in any way. It stands. So if I'm a nut-job, then what were the feds thinking when they agreed to this.

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turnball the banker (not verified) Hammer of Light Mar 23, 2017 5:23 PM

Would think  before you rant again,now they know you have something they want

Hammer of Light's picture

I want my freedom, I want my Liberty and old Navy is willing to die for it. This Stasi evil has to be rooted out and killed or there is no liberty, there is no US of A - All of you got that?

Think about the insanity of what all this is doing to the very concept of our foundation as a Constitutional Republic. There can be no liberty when we have an enemy within destroying that which these people swear an oath to defend? Talk about hypocrisy? It's mind blowing how fucked of a position they've put themselves and all of us in the world over for their greed and lust of power. Madness is the only way to view this insanity.