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3/24/2016
11:05 AM
Larry Loeb
Larry Loeb
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iPhone Cracking: Why FBI Needed Outside Help And What It Means

This week, the FBI said it now doesn't need Apple to crack into an iPhone. However, what does this tell us about encryption and the overall state of hardware security?

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jastroff
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4/1/2016 | 6:33:12 PM
Re: Did the FBI really need Help
Turn about is fair play, as we say

 

>> The FBI won't tell them how. They don't have to.

Apple made themselves a bigger target. Hope their shareholders appreciate that!
larryloeb
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4/1/2016 | 5:00:17 AM
Re: Did the FBI really need Help
@Broadway

The FBI won't tell them how. They don't have to.

They will try to keep it underwraps so Apple can't counter.

How does it feel to have your privacy defended by a company, and not the government?
Broadway0474
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3/31/2016 | 9:24:59 PM
Re: Did the FBI really need Help
@Larry, seriously? The FBI will have to tell Apple how they broke the phone? If they don't, the FBI is certainly taking on a black hat, anti-industry role that I really doesn't suit a government that is ultimately business friendly. Even more hypocritical will be if a Republican administration comes into power in 2017 and gets even more anti-Apple and anti any tech and telecomm company that puts up a fight.
larryloeb
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3/31/2016 | 9:43:00 AM
Re: Did the FBI really need Help
@broadway

It's going to be interesting if the FBI has to tell Apple how they did it.

Apple, of course, will try to fix it in the future. Heh.
Broadway0474
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3/30/2016 | 9:48:09 PM
Re: Did the FBI really need Help
@larry, that's an important fact that I haven't seen mentioned enough in the repeated reporting of this story. A very important fact. It suggests that the cynics view of the government approach --- that they really want to access any phone, any time they want --- is perhaps not so cynical.
larryloeb
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3/28/2016 | 12:49:06 AM
Re: Did the FBI really need Help
@Broadway

Cracking that particular phone was never the problem here.

It ran iOS8 which does not have the SecureEnclave mechanism. All they needed to do was be able to bypass login protection.

Perhaps they were trying to set it up for when they really did have a problem.
Broadway0474
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3/27/2016 | 10:58:19 PM
Re: Did the FBI really need Help
I'm not sure if I feel finally confident that the world's most powerful nation can now crack a phone on its own power, or disturbed that it is dragging its own reputation through the mud.
larryloeb
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larryloeb,
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3/25/2016 | 8:54:56 PM
Re: Did the FBI really need Help
Yeah, but they won't hire the guys that get it because they may have smoked ganja during their lives.
Technocrati
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3/25/2016 | 6:12:38 PM
Re: Did the FBI really need Help

"...But, the FBI comes out of this looking clueless."

 

They really do.   Time to catch up with this thing call technology.

larryloeb
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3/25/2016 | 5:28:18 PM
Re: Did the FBI really need Help
Many discussions could be had on that topic.

But, the FBI comes out of this looking clueless.
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