Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) claimed to have detected a U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) plot using previously unknown malware to penetrate specially made backdoor vulnerabilities in Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhones.
The FSB identified victims involving several thousand Apple phones, including domestic Russian subscribers, Reuters reports.
The Russian spy agency also claimed telephones belonging to foreign diplomats from Russia and the former Soviet Union, including those from NATO members, Israel, Syria, and China, as targets.
The FSB said the plot reflected the proximity between Apple and the National Security Agency, responsible for U.S. cryptographic and communications intelligence and security.
The Russian agency alleged Apple of providing American intelligence agencies with a wide range of opportunities to monitor any persons of interest to the White House and their partners in anti-Russian activities and citizens.
Previously Apple drew regulatory attention for its vulnerability to NSO Group spyware.
Price Action: AAPL shares traded higher by 0.23% at $177.66 in the premarket on the last check Thursday.
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