“The FBI has come up with a strategy to get out of its messy court case with Apple over accessing a dead terrorist’s iPhone: bring in the hackers,” Chris Strohm, Jordan Robertson, and Michael Riley report for Bloomberg. “Yet any new method the bureau uses to hack into iPhones may be short-lived — it may be obligated to give Apple the details so the company can fix the security gap.”

“The FBI’s new tactic may be subject to a relatively new and little-known rule that would require the government to tell Apple about any vulnerability potentially affecting millions of iPhones unless it can show a group of administration officials that there’s a substantial national security need to keep the flaw secret,” Strohm, Robertson, and Riley report. “This process, known as an equities review, was created by the Obama administration to determine if new security flaws should be kept secret or disclosed, and gives the government a specific time frame for alerting companies to the flaws.”

Strohm, Robertson, and Riley report, “‘I do think it should be subjected to an equities review,’ said Chris Inglis, former National Security Agency deputy director. ‘The government cannot choose sides in the tension between individual and collective security so the equities process should be run to put both on a level playing field.'”

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