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FBI expert calls Apple engineers “assholes” and “evil geniuses” for continuing to improve iPhone security

The eternal dispute between Apple it's the FBI not one that should be taken lightly, there are convincing and solid arguments on both sides, both defending consumer safety and privacy above all else (as Apple says) as well as claiming that in some cases it is necessary break that protection so that crimes can be solved and investigations can proceed (as the FBI argues).

Now, however, an expert from the American intelligence agency has gotten a little too heavy. According to Motherboard, the FBI's forensic security expert Stephen Flatley it was not at all friendly with Apple's security initiatives at an international cybersecurity conference held last Wednesday (1/10). In Flatley's words, Ma engineers are "Assholes" and ?Evil geniuses? for making your work and that of your colleagues more difficult.

To what extent are they just trying to make things safer and not trying to undermine law enforcement?

As an example, the expert brought a novelty recently implemented by Apple that makes the process of cracking a password from the outside much slower. Apple recently increased the number of changes in hash from 10,000 to 10,000,000, causing the rate of attempted passwords to drop from 45 per second to one every 18 seconds. "Your time to crack the device has jumped from two days to two months," said Flatley.

The expert continued, asking, "How far are they just trying to make things safer and not trying to undermine law enforcement?" In his words, "Apple is very good at these evil geniuses".

Finally, Flatley also praised Cellebrite, an Israeli data extraction company that the FBI's right arm in unlocking out of iPhones was the one that helped the agency in unlocking the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino sniper, in the case that represented the trigger of the Apple's conflict with law enforcement officers.

The expert's statements are by no means an exception within the FBI: earlier this week, the agency's director, Christopher Wray, had already classified smartphone encryption as an "urgent public security problem". In other words: a lot of water will still flow in this river until the impasse reaches a solution (if that will ever happen). Opinions?

via Cult of Mac