How to Hack an iPhone

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 11:02am
Eric Markowitz and Luke Villapaz

At a congressional hearing this week, FBI Director James Comey answered the most intriguing question thus far in the epic battle between Apple and the FBI over cracking a terrorist's iPhone. The question came from Rep. Judy Chu, a Democrat from California: Has the FBI given the National Security Agency a whack at cracking open the phone?

(Shutterstock)“Yes is the answer,” Comey testified. “We’ve talked to anybody who will talk with us about it, and I welcome additional suggestions.”

The FBI’s argument in this case rests on the fact that the bureau has exhausted every technical option it has at its disposal to pry open the work phone of Syed Farook, one of the shooters in December's San Bernadino, California, terrorist attack. And because the FBI says it hasn’t found a solution, it wants a judge to force Apple to write new code to get “backdoor” access to it. 

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Source: International Business Times


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