You’ve probably heard of the recent turmoil between Apple and federal government. The gov needs help to unlock an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, and they asked Apple to essentially create a backdoor that would allow them to access the phone without using up the ten tries to guess the passcode. On Apple devices, if you surpass these ten tries, the data on the item gets erased. Apple has refused to do this on the grounds that once they create this technology, then all iPhones will be at risk. Some argue that this is just a one time deal, but, there are actually a number of other iPhones that the government wants Apple to help unlock. They are afraid to put this technology into the world because once it exists, it can be accessed by anyone. Apple has been asked to do this in the past, but they have always objected. It’s just that this is the first case that has caught the public eye.
Many tech experts suggest that the government doesn’t actually need Apple’s help to create a program to allow infinite passcode guesses, mainly because there are others out there who are experts on Apple technology. Some suggest that the government turn to an outside contractor or even an expert in the NSA. Others believe that some companies might already have the technology to beat Apple’s encryption and security features to break into an iPhone. One company based in Israel, Cellbrite, even advertises on their site that they have the ability to extract data from locked iPhones
“This unique capability is the first of its kind—unlock of Apple devices running iOS 8.x in a forensically sound manner and without any hardware intervention or risk of device wipe,” The company advertises on their website. This data is important for Apple because the government is trying to obligate them to make the backdoor due to the All Writs Act, an act from the 1700s which is outdated at best, however, this act states that the government must use all available resources before using this act, and it seems like they have left some stones unturned.
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