One such plan was the forging of a phony, government-approved version of Apple’s Xcode software. That software serves as a template, and is used by hundreds of thousands of independent developers to create the apps we all know and love. Flappy Bird, Angry Birds, iBird Pro Guide to Birds. Any of these app developers who used the CIA counterfeit software would unknowingly infect millions of devices.
Once infected, intelligence agencies could then steal user passwords. The phony Xcode could also “force all iOS applications to send embedded data to a listening post,” according to the documents.
via Snowden Docs: CIA Tried to Hack Apple for Years / Sputnik International.