A report from German news magazine Der Spiegel and security researcher Jacob Applebaum showed the NSA had worked on software that would allow it to remotely retrieve virtually all the information on an iPhone including text messages, photos, contacts, location, voice mail and live calls.
Der Spiegel claimed the NSA launched an operation in 2008 ( a year after the first iPhone was launched) called DROPOUTJEEP in 2008 ( a year after the first iPhone was launched) , a “software implant” that allowed for the retrieval of iPhone data and was actually a “trojan” malware program for hackers.
What is surprising is the agency’s purported 100-percent success rate on installing malware on the iPhone. According to the slides, DropoutJeep required “close access methods” in order to be installed on an iPhone, meaning NSA agents would need physical access to the device. However, the slide notes: “A remote installation capability will be pursued for future use.”
Apple reacted to news that the U.S. National Security Agency has worked on iPhone spyware to remotely monitor users, saying it has not cooperated with the agency on such projects and was not previously aware of those attempts.