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Apple denies spying on Russia for the US

Apple Park is a circle, not a spy ring

Apple flat-out denies the claim by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) that it made backdoors into iOS that let American spies surveil officials and civilians in the country.

The FSB's unclear allegation is that Apple made backdoors into its encrypted iPhone operating system, so that America's National Security Agency (NSA) could use malware to infect several thousand Russian phones.

According to Reuters, Apple has now commented on the accusation.

"[Apple has] never worked with any government to insert a backdoor into any Apple product," said Apple in a statement seen by Reuters, "and never will."

The NSA has reportedly not commented on this allegation. It has previously commented quite bitterly on Apple's refusal to cooperate with requests to create backdoors, however.