Russia accuses the U.S. of hacking thousands of Apple devices using sophisticated cyberweapons to hack into iPhones, including those belonging to Russian nationals and diplomatic missions. The Federal Security Service (FSB) implicated a U.S. intelligence hacked iPhones, allegedly collaborating with Apple on the attacks.

Amidst heightened tensions between the two countries following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the allegations mark an escalation in cyber warfare. The claims have not been independently verified, but if true, they reflect the growing use of cyberwarfare and its significance in international relations.

Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on Russia’s claims that U.S. intelligence hacked thousands of iPhones to gauge public opinion about the allegations of the U.S. hacking of Russian iPhones.


  • Most (51.78%) are aware of Russia’s allegations that U.S. intelligence hacked iPhones.
  • 40.33% believed Russia’s accusation that U.S. intelligence hacked iPhones.
  • Approximately 39.72% believed that Russia was attempting to falsely incriminate or frame the U.S. by accusing them.

According to our survey, the first poll asked the respondents whether they were aware of Russia’s allegations that thousands of iPhones were hacked by U.S. intelligence agencies. The majority of the respondents (52%) were aware of Russia’s accusations against the U.S., whereas 32% were vaguely aware, and 16% were unaware.

In the subsequent poll, we inquired about respondents’ beliefs regarding the veracity of Russia’s accusations that U.S. intelligence hacked iPhones. The results showed that most (40%) believed the accusations, while 25% said otherwise, and 35% were uncertain of it.

Public Opinion on Russia’s Claim of Cyber-Espionage to Falsely Incriminate the U.S.

The U.S. intelligence hacked iPhones claim made by Russia about an alleged cyber-espionage campaign by U.S. intelligence agencies, with the intention to incriminate or frame the U.S. falsely, has sparked considerable interest and debate.

Accusations of such magnitude between two powerful nations carry significant implications for diplomatic relations and global cybersecurity. Understanding public opinion on this matter provides valuable insights into how these claims are perceived and their potential impact on international dynamics.

According to our respondents, we found that 40% believed that Russia is attempting to frame the U.S., compared to 27% who denied it, and a notable 33% remained uncertain.

Figure 1: Is Russia trying to incriminate or frame the U.S. falsely?

Assessing Beliefs on Government Intelligence Agencies’ Capability for Large-Scale Hacking and Monitoring

Whether government intelligence agencies can engage in large-scale hacking and monitoring of devices has become a subject of significant interest and scrutiny in today’s interconnected world.

With the increasing reliance on digital technology and the rising concerns about privacy and security, public perceptions regarding the abilities of government intelligence agencies in this realm play a pivotal role.

Based on our next poll which revealed that more than half (51%) believed that government intelligence agencies possess the ability to hack and monitor devices on a large scale, compared to a minority of 10% who said no. However, a majority of 39% remained uncertain about this.

Similarly, when we asked the respondents whether they were worried about the privacy and security of their data on their electronic devices following these allegations, nearly half (47%) expressed extreme concern, while 43% were somewhat concerned.

On the other hand, 8% were not very concerned, and 2% did not express any concern.

Controversial Claims: U.S. Spying on Close Allies Amid Cyber Espionage Accusations

Among the suspected targets were diplomats from Israel and NATO nations, which are strong allies of the United States. We questioned our respondents if they approved of the United States snooping on its friends. A majority of 60% agreed, 4% disagreed, and 36% remained uncertain.

Figure 2: Does the U.S. spy on its allies?

Moreover, we posed a similar question regarding the likelihood that other nations also participate in comparable hacking and cyber-espionage activities. The results showed that 45% of the respondents believed that it was somewhat likely and 39% believed it was very likely. On the other hand, 13% believed it was somewhat unlikely and 3% believed it was very unlikely.

Figure 3: How likely do other countries engage in similar cyber-espionage activities?


Survey TitleSurvey on Russia’s Claims That U.S. Intelligence Hacked Thousands of iPhones
DurationJune 13, 2023 – June 20, 2023
Number of Participants10,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.