From a note issued by Apple security engineering chief Ivan Krstić in response to Sunday’s Amnesty International report:
Apple unequivocally condemns cyberattacks against journalists, human rights activists, and others seeking to make the world a better place. For over a decade, Apple has led the industry in security innovation and, as a result, security researchers agree iPhone is the safest, most secure consumer mobile device on the market.
Attacks like the ones described are highly sophisticated, cost millions of dollars to develop, often have a short shelf life, and are used to target specific individuals.
While that means they are not a threat to the overwhelming majority of our users, we continue to work tirelessly to defend all our customers, and we are constantly adding new protections for their devices and data.
My take: He’s got a point about the cost of zero-click penetration. Billions would be better than millions, however. Makes me wonder what kind of understanding Apple reached with the FBI after San Bernardino.