by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News
The Apple iPhone is currently used by over 120 million people in the U.S., capturing almost 50% of the mobile smart phone market. (Source.)
Worldwide, about 1 billion people use Apple iPhones. (Source.)
If you own an Apple iPhone, do you have any idea how much of your personal life and data are now owned by Apple in exchange for allowing you to purchase and use one of their devices?
Apple works hand in hand with the U.S. Government and their intelligence agencies to track as much information about you as possible.
In an article published today, June 1, 2023, Reuters reports that the Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) is claiming that the U.S. NSA has used Apple iPhones for an American espionage operation inside Russia.
Russia says US hacked thousands of Apple phones in spy plot
MOSCOW, June 1 (Reuters) – Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Thursday it had uncovered an American espionage operation that compromised thousands of iPhones using sophisticated surveillance software.
Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab said dozens of its employees’ devices were compromised in the operation.
The FSB, the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB, said in a statement that several thousand Apple Inc (AAPL.O) devices had been infected, including those of domestic Russian subscribers as well as foreign diplomats based in Russia and the former Soviet Union.
“The FSB has uncovered an intelligence action of the American special services using Apple mobile devices,” the FSB said in a statement.
The FSB said the plot showed “close cooperation” between Apple and the National Security Agency, the U.S. agency responsible for cryptographic and communications intelligence and security.
Kaspersky CEO Eugene Kaspersky said on Twitter that dozens of his employees’ phones were compromised in the operation, which his company described as “an extremely complex, professionally targeted cyberattack” that had targeted workers in “top and middle-management.”
Kaspersky researcher Igor Kuznetsov told Reuters that his company had independently discovered anomalous traffic on its corporate Wi-Fi network around the start of the year. (Read the full article.)
Apple has been awarded dozens of patents in the past few weeks for biometrics to be used with a national ID, including fingerprints, faces, and irises from your eyes.
Apple patents multi-function digital ID with liveness, other security features
A U.S. patent has been awarded for binding biometric authentication to a person’s digital ID. It likely will be combined with a patent-pending way to record biometrics from under a display.
Apple was given that patent this week. It covers Face and Touch ID authentication and automates many processes that involve a digital ID in the company’s digital wallet app.
Earlier this year, Apple applied for a patent to capture face, finger and iris biometrics through a device’s display.
The granted patent’s diagrams show how the owner of a phone, having enrolled in a state or federal ID program using their government ID and a selfie biometric check, would choose from a pick list of government ID agencies. That is where the person would link the identification data on the phone or other device to their state profile. (Read the full article.)
Apple won 65 patents today covering Apple Wallet’s Driver’s License & State ID Credentials, iPhone Sidewall Displays & Virtual Buttons
In September 2020 Patently Apple posted an IP report titled “Apple Patent Reveals a Developing Security ID System tied to a National Database to assist Brick and Mortar Merchants & more.”
It was the beginning of Apple’s move toward a national ID and driver’s license app for Apple Wallet.
In December 2022 Patently Apple posted a report titled “A new Digital ID patent from Apple has come to light adding a new ‘Liveliness Check’ procedure plus adding ‘Touch ID’ to Credentials.”
Today, Apple was granted this patent. (Read the full article.)
Back in April we reported how Apple was teaming up with banking giant Goldman Sachs by offering attractive rates on savings accounts through their Apple Wallet. See:
Apple Turns iPhone into Ultimate Tracking Tool by Offering Banking Services – AppleID to Become National Digital ID?
Within four days of Apple’s launch of their high yield savings account, almost 1$billion was deposited into the new account by Apple iPhone users. (Source.)
This made Apple an overnight success in online banking services, threatening Paypal and other competing companies.
Apple Is Reaching Deeper Into Your Pocket. Why PayPal and Other Fintechs Should Be Scared.
Banks have lost nearly $1 trillion in deposits over the past year as money flowed into higher-yielding money-market funds. One company grabbing some of the cash: Apple. The iPhone maker recently launched a savings account with a 4.15% yield, 10 times the national average for banks. “We are very pleased with the initial response,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told analysts in early May.
Apple doesn’t aspire to be a bank, but it’s pushing deeper into financial services, aiming to generate extra income while keeping its one billion-plus iPhone users hooked on the Apple ecosystem.
The company is expanding into payments with its Apple Pay service. It has built a credit-card business with Goldman Sachs Group (GS), its partner for the savings accounts, and it’s muscling into buy now, pay later, facing off against companies like Affirm (AFRM), Block (SQ), and PayPal Holdings (PYPL). (Full article.)
But now, more than a month later, many iPhone users are complaining that while it was very easy to deposit funds into the new Apple account, getting those funds out of the account has often proved difficult.
‘A Total Nightmare’: Transfer Delays With New Apple-Goldman Savings Accounts Prompt Complaints
When Kevin Smyth learned in April that Goldman Sachs and Apple were offering a savings account with higher yields than anyone else, he jumped at the chance to shift money that was earning less at another online bank. But within a few weeks, when he had to withdraw a small portion of the funds to pay for a home renovation, everything went awry.
A transaction that was supposed to take one to three business days ended up taking nearly two weeks to clear, forcing Smyth to sell stock through a Fidelity account to get the money for the renovation. Smyth now says he plans to close his Apple Savings account, disappointed in Apple and Goldman and the way customer service staff treated him.
He described being “lectured” by representatives who scolded him for moving money in and out of savings accounts so quickly, even though the account’s terms and conditions didn’t describe any restrictions on doing so.
“I looked at the interest rate and I thought, ‘Well, it’s Apple and Goldman Sachs, it should be great. I should open an account,’” he said in an interview. “Like an idiot, I moved all my money over there.”
Smyth is part of a wave of Apple Savings customers who have made similar complaints after moving to the lucrative deposit account: Money moves into it quickly, but getting funds out can occasionally turn into a time-consuming, confusing and infuriating ordeal. (Full article.)
A couple of weeks ago we reported on Sam Altman’s World ID and WorldCoin company that is rapidly using an “Orb” to scan eyeballs of people across the globe to create a new “World ID” in return for “free” cryptocurrency, which they plan to use as “universal basic income” (UBI). See:
Get Ready for World ID and WorldCoin Universal Basic Income Offering Free Money in Exchange for Your Eyeball Scan
They created the “Orb” to scan irises because the camera technology in smart phones was not advanced enough yet to use for this kind of biometrics ID.
But Apple is clearly in the process of developing the same thing now for the iPhone, and how much longer will it be before these technologies converge together and are then used by Government sources to link everyone together for a World ID into one database in the new Beast marketing system?
Apple’s iPhone devices are already in the hands of over a billion people, including half of the population in the U.S. who own smart phones, so you can be sure that Apple will be a big part of this.
So why do you still own an iPhone? Do you not recognize that it is an instrument for evil?
Just look at Apple’s logo, the apple with a bite taken out of it. What does that represent?
Now the serpent was more subtle than any animal of the field which Yahweh God had made.
He said to the woman, “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden, but not the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, ‘You shall not eat of it. You shall not touch it, lest you die.’”
The serpent said to the woman, “You won’t really die, for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took some of its fruit, and ate; and she gave some to her husband with her, and he ate it, too. (Genesis 3:1-6)
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