Apple says security flaws outed by WikiLeaks are old, fixed

This comes after the latest reveal by WikiLeaks.
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Two recent data dumps from WikiLeaks – one in early March, the other this week – include alleged security flaws for iPhones and Mac computers.

Apple though once again said don't worry, those issues have all been fixed. And some a long time ago.

The latest WikiLeaks release, which the group titled Dark Matter, was put out Thursday, and includes descriptions of vulnerabilities that could be used to hack into Apple products. IPhones and Mac computers were vulnerable.

But Apple, in a statement to TechCrunch, said it had done a preliminary analysis and found everything detailed from those documents had been fixed.

The iPhone issue only affected the iPhone 3G, and the flaw was fixed by the time the iPhone 3GS was released in 2009. As for the Mac computer-directed flaws, those haven't worked for anything that's come out since 2013, according to the statement.

That's similar to what the company said after WikiLeaks' initial large-scale release. Apple told The Hill "many" of the issues had been patched up, and was working quickly to fix any other security holes.

Google, for the record, said the same thing about alleged bugs in its Android software.

Though keep in mind, it probably wouldn't be smart for a company to come out and say, "Oh yeah, some of those are still problems." So these comments from Apple and Google aren't very surprising.

If you want some ways to keep your phone as protected as possible, check out these suggestions from Samsung, Business Insider, or Fortune.

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