NEW YORK — Apple said Tuesday that it was unaware of the National Security Agency’s efforts to hack into the iPhone and has never facilitated agency efforts to install backdoors into its products.
The company released a strongly worded statement in response to a recent article in the German magazine Der Spiegel, which reported that NSA analysts refer internally to iPhone users as “zombies” who “pay for their own surveillance.”
“Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone,” an Apple spokeswoman said in an e-mail.
Der Spiegel, however, released a number of slides, detailing the agency’s hacking division. One slide, describing an NSA software implant called DROPOUTJEEP, stood out.
The agency described DROPOUTJEEP as a “software implant for Apple iPhone.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.