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Apple Tackling Security Holes in Response to CIA Leak Claims

Apple has promised to “rapidly address” any security holes used by the CIA to hack iPhones, following the release of a huge tranche of documents covering the intelligence agency?EU?s stockpile of software vulnerabilities.

The leak, dubbed “Vault 7” by its publisher WikiLeaks, is made up of a collection of around 10,000 individual documents created between 2014 and 2016. A spokesman for the CIA said it would not comment “on the authenticity or content of purported intelligence documents” and Trump administration spokesman Sean Spicer also declined comment.

Apple, one of numerous tech companies whose devices appear to have been targeted, released a statement late on Tuesday saying many of the vulnerabilities described by the documents were already fixed as of the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system, and aimed to reassure customers that it was working on patching the rest of the holes.

It said: “While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities,” it added. “We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates.”

Other companies mentioned in the leaks, including Microsoft and Samsung, gave briefer statements. “We are aware of the report and are looking into it,” Microsoft said.

Samsung said: “Protecting consumers’ privacy and the security of our devices is a top priority at Samsung. We are aware of the report in question and are urgently looking into the matter.”

Google has yet to comment on the leaks, which contain a sizeable amount of information on how to target its Android operating system.

While Apple has tried to reassure customers that “many” of the vulnerabilities mentioned in the document have now been fixed, the…

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