The history of cross-declarations between Apple and the FBI goes back several years and always because Cupertino’s company does not provide access to devices like the iPhone in the investigation of crimes. The U.S. feds always end up resorting to third parties for this purpose and, once again, it seems that they have succeeded. Here’s more on this recent case.
What’s worth more? Privacy or security?
Privacy and security are two elements that are always linked in one way or another, but sometimes they cannot coexist. Apple has closed systems such as iOS on the iPhone that allows any data or file stored on the devices to be safely saved, making it impossible to access them without the user’s permission. This privacy is always superimposed on security reasons, such as when a criminal is arrested and security agents need access to your mobile phone to clarify the facts. Apple always refuses, not because it is against investigations but because preserves the privacy of the iPhone regardless of who owns it and whether or not they have committed a crime.
The FBI has tried to intervene several iPhones in recent years, asking Apple for help and always finding a brick wall when it comes to accessing information on the terminal. That is why they have had to resort to tedious and expensive systems that take advantage of some vulnerability to access the system, although we insist on the little ease of this and its almost no use for other users.
The FBI has already accessed Alshamrani’s iPhone
Mohammed Saeed Alshamran is the author of a terrible attack that took place at the end of last year on the Florida coast. The shooting perpetrated by this man at a naval airbase was claimed by Al-Qaeda shortly after it occurred. The FBI, as in all these cases, was fully involved in the investigation. At one point they asked Apple for access to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 7 owned by this man, but the company only provided some iCloud data, without giving full access to the terminals.
CNN recently reported that the FBI had already been able to access both terminals. It is not clear what method they used this time, but everything points to the fact that they would have been able to contact a company that offers this type of service at a high price. These companies use the security holes found in older versions of iOS to crack the access code to the phones.
Zerodium is one of the expert companies in finding these kinds of security holes and a few weeks ago announced that it would stop reporting these bugs in iOS for a few months because they had received numerous shipments in these months. They also indicated that there are some unresolved vulnerabilities that would be affecting many iPhone and iPad. The CEO stated that they hope that iOS 14 could be better in this regard, in any case it will not be easy to unlock an iPhone.
In any case, the debate is back on the table. What are your impressions? Do you think Apple is doing well or that they should give in to certain circumstances? You can leave your impressions in the comment box.