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A couple of days ago, Wikileaks released a huge amount of Data that showed that the CIA had been spying on Americans and looking for ways to hack both the iPhone and Android.

Apple released a statement saying that the issues highlighted in the data released had been patched with the latest iOS security update.

Yesterday, a security expert noted that hundreds of millions of Android users are at risk due to the hacking tools used by the CIA to exploit vulnerabilities in smartphones, tablets, computers, wireless routers, cars and other devices, allowing the agency to spy on people without their knowledge.

Google has followed suit stating that users of Android and Chrome OS devices should rest easy.

According to Google, “As we’ve reviewed the documents, we’re confident that security updates and protections in both Chrome and Android already shield users from many of these alleged vulnerabilities,” said Heather Adkins, Google’s director of information security and privacy, in a statement to ZDNet. “Our analysis is ongoing and we will implement any further necessary protections. We’ve always made security a top priority and we continue to invest in our defenses.”

All things being equal, the vulnerabilities aren't that bad for newer versions of the Android device, but those using older versions will have to be careful as some of these vulnerabilities still exist. 

Another issue is that while iPhones and iPads have access to Apple’s new software updates the moment they are released, many Android devices don’t gain access to updates for months or even more than a year after they are released.

This means that many Android users are still on old versions of their OS which is still vulnerable. Google's plan for this is as yet unknown.

If you're on an old OS version and you can get an upgrade, please do. It is hoped that Google does something about their issues.

Yesterday, one of the biggest scandals to ever surface was uncovered as Wikileaks leaked a ton of data that revealed the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had been spying on people.

This also included efforts to hack iPhones. The leaks detail a number of iOS exploits that can be used to bypass security on devices. 

According to TechCrunch, Apple responded to the situation stating that a lot of the vulnerabilities had already been patched.

According to Apple, “Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security. The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system. 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. We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security updates."

Apple stated that from their investigations, many of the exploits detailed were patched in the latest version of iOS, and that it will continue to patch identified vulnerabilities. 

They went on to urge users to download and install the latest version of iOS so as to ensure that they have the most recent security updates.

For more on the "Year Zero" document, you can have a look at the Wikileaks
' website.
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