UPDATE: We reported few days ago that the FBI managed to unlock the terrorist’s iPhone 5s and get inside of it. However, no official statements have been made by the FBI about how they actually managed to get the device unlocked. Also, they did not announce if they are planning to reveal the method to Apple or not. No hard feelings, but it is a fair thing for Apple to know how the FBI did it, don’t you think?
Also, the FBI stated that they will be providing technical assistance to local police departments to unlock phones which are related to some of their cases.
What are your thought about the entire encryption battle now when it is finally over (or at least we hope so!). Let us know what you think!
UPDATE: It all ends here, people! With the help of a third party, the FBI managed to unlock the iPhone 5s used by the San Bernardino terrorist. Even though the court battle about this specific matter ends here, the battle for privacy is not over yet.
“We sought an order compelling Apple to help unlock the phone to fulfill a solemn commitment to the victims of the San Bernardino shooting — that we will not rest until we have fully pursued every investigative lead related to the vicious attack. Although this step in the investigation is now complete, we will continue to explore every lead, and seek any appropriate legal process, to ensure our investigation collects all of the evidence related to this terrorist attack. The San Bernardino victims deserve nothing less.” – Eileen M. Decker, US attorney for the Central District of California.
UPDATE: It’s been more than two weeks in court already between Apple and the FBI and the battle still continues. Seems like no one want to back off, but Apple claims that the things are on their side, indicating that the demand from FBI to release a special version of their software which will be a “masterkey” is forbidden by the Constitution.
What will happen on Tuesday? It is the day when Apple and the FBI will once again meet in the courtroom. We may be seen an end to the encryption battle which will take place in Riverside, and finally get a verdict whether Apple will release a new version of the software, which will enable the FBI to get into the phone of the San Bernardino shooters.
Still, since we don’t know how this is going to end, we have something to cheer you off! You probably know Last Week Tonight, the popular TV show hosted by John Oliver. If you haven’t seen the latest episode, be sure to do it and check out Oliver’s take in on the events!
UPDATE: If you read the original article, you know why Apple is actually trying to make an unhackable phone. The company has been in “war” with the FBI for some time now, and it seems like nobody want to back off.
Joining Apple in this battle are many tech companies who agree that there should not be any backdoors and master passwords in favour to FBI. On the list, there are company names such as Facebook, Microsoft, Alphabet Inc., and it is pretty sure that Twitter will join the team also.
“No court has ever authorized what the government now seeks, no law supports such unlimited and sweeping use of the judicial process, and the Constitution forbids it.” – Apple
After the scandal with the NSA and Edward Snowden, light was shed on many things and people simply started to question their privacy and the security of their personal data. Since the FBI is working on preventing any attacks, there has been a silent battle taking place between them and Apple.
It was only a while ago when the Federal court ordered Apple to remove their auto-erase function which steps into action when one enters too many wrong passcodes. This is all related to the massacre that happened in December in San Bernardo, California, when 14 died and 22 were injured.
According to apple, the requests by the government go too far to even designing a master key to all iPhones or creating a back door to gain access. Apple’s answer to this is creating a new and unhackable iPhone which will have a great level of security.
So a great question was raised after the Paris attacks: should companies team up with the government? The answer from the companies was that if they make their encryption breakable for government agencies, they are automatically making the same possible for terrorists. And on the other hand, it is never a good thing for people to be exposed to the possibility on someone surveilling them.