There is always a reason why any major advance in technology would be allowed to become easily accessible to the majority of people.
An unpatched security flaw in Apple’s iTunes software allowed intelligence agencies and police to hack into users’ computers for more than three years, it’s claimed.
Francisco Amato, the Argentinian security researcher who warned Apple about the problem suggested that “maybe they forgot about it, or it was just on the bottom of their to-do list”.
In response to reports that FinFisher targeted iTunes, Apple has said that it works “to find and fix any issues that could compromise systems”.
“The security and privacy of our users is extremely important,” a spokeswoman said.
This month’s iTunes update 10.5.1 explained that “a man-in-the-middle attacker may offer software that appears to originate from Apple”, adding that the “issue has been mitigated”.
Gamma International has not commented on the matter. Registered in Winchester, the firm is one of several companies that sell computer hacking services to governments. They offer “zero day” security flaws, which have not been publicly disclosed, so attempts to exploit them are unlikely to be detected by anti-virus programs.