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FBI Cracks iPhone Encryption Without Apple, Drops Court Case
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User Rank: Apprentice
3/30/2016 | 8:35:40 PM
Apple IPhone exploit
Apparently there is an exploit in the IPhone's software. If the FBI has found someone or some company to exploit the IPhone's encryption, then our data will never be safe until that exploit is patched. That includes any transactions we make with our Apple Wallets. So I guess I will not be using my Apple wallet to do any transactions until it's patched.
Stephane Parent
Stephane Parent,
User Rank: Moderator
3/30/2016 | 1:01:53 PM
Re: PR Move
I guess we now know that CSI: Cyber is not based on a true FBI unit!
User Rank: Ninja
3/30/2016 | 11:48:41 AM
One thing for sure
If there was no data worth mentioning on the phone, the FBI will never let us know anything about what they found "for national security reasons".

But you can be sure if there was anything on that phone, esp. anything dealing with another terror attack (say there's a text from someone saying "Yeah, and we're going to hit Brussels in March. We're holding up at 52 Main Strasse, Brussels. Don't tell anyone!") or they find something that they can, with 20/20 hindsight, link to any other "terror" group, we will hear about it over and over again. Probably through gov't leaks to certain media outlets at first. Or through to congress during meetings on banning encryption or something.
User Rank: Strategist
3/29/2016 | 7:34:32 PM
Re: PR Move
They could have opened the case and accessed the chips directly to read off the data and then played with crypto until they had it decifered if they couldn't find any simpler way before.   I also believe this was nothing more than them trying to force all companies to create a backdoor for them so they could snoop at will.  Once they had managed to make Apple do it they would have applied it to every company out there possible and not just to cell phones either.  They would have tried to apply it to EVERYTHING. 

User Rank: Ninja
3/29/2016 | 1:14:35 PM
PR Move
I do wonder if the FBI had the capability all along and it was pushing for A: a legal precedent to do it whenever it wanted and B: a PR move to try and turn the public against encryption by leveraging some of the hate people have for Apple. 

Kudos to Tim Cook for standing firm the whole time though. It forced the FBI to drop its whole campaign and backpedal so it doesn't look weak.

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