“The Federal Bureau of Investigation is testing the method used to crack a terrorist’s iPhone to see how many other versions of the device it could open, but it could take officials many more months to decide what to do with their newfound ability,” Devlin Barrett reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“The showdown between the FBI and Apple Inc. over the locked iPhone of San Bernardino, Calif., gunman Syed Rizwan Farook came to a halt this week when officials announced that an undisclosed third party had shown the government a technique for decrypting the phone’s data,” Barrett reports. “The FBI hasn’t disclosed the technique or what it found on the phone.”
“Apple hasn’t identified the security flaw that let the FBI access Mr. Farook’s iPhone 5C, or determined how many of its other devices might be vulnerable,” Barrett reports. “Robert Anderson, a former senior FBI official who is now an executive at Navigant Consulting Inc., said that the more iPhones could be opened with the technique, the more likely the government would be to disclose it to Apple… Mr. Anderson added, however, that much of the discussion of the Apple-FBI fight fails to account for the fact that technological advances outpace the government’s efforts to stay on top of them. The FBI’s success in cracking the phone ‘is going to last for about 30 seconds in the cyberworld… and we’ll be right back to square one,’ Mr. Anderson said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The FBI made a crucial mistake by taking this to the courts. Apple will rightfully double down on their already formidable security and spread encryption for which they do not hold the key to iCloud as well.
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