US government hit the ball in case involving access to terrorist iPhone data

US government hit the ball in case involving access to terrorist iPhone data

The case Apple vs. FBI just got more interesting details. But before we get into the subject, it is essential that you read these two previous articles:

Well, let's get to the facts.

As we talked about in the articles above, it is known that the US government and the FBI asked Apple for help in gaining access to Syed Farook's iPhone 5c data (he, along with his girlfriend Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people and left another 22 injured in the city San Bernardino, California).

There are two ways to do this: 1. unlocking the iPhone (using the password); or 2. accessing the device's automatic backup on iCloud. Since Farook's iPhone was actually not his (but from where the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health worked), there would be a possibility to have access to this backup in the cloud. And that was exactly what Apple followed when the FBI went to ask her for help, after all, it would be a way to have the data without having to think about creating a backdoor.

In fact, according to the BuzzFeed News, Apple suggested four ways for the government to access iPhone data. Apparently, the easiest was the one related to backup. Ma would have suggested taking Farook's iPhone to a known location (like his home) in order for the device to automatically connect to the Wi-Fi network and start backing up the data. The company even sent engineers to do this, but it was not successful.

The reason? After the iPhone was recovered, obviously neither the San Bernardino Department of Health nor the government knew the password for the iCloud account. So, the owner tried to reset the password remotely to gain access to the data, but the shot backfired resulting in the impossibility of making this automatic backup.

That is, according to Apple, the government could have accessed Farook's data without the company's help. With the password reset, however, there is nothing to do, since the data is now stuck on the iPhone 5c and that is precisely why the FBI wants Apple to create one backdoor.

The FBI downplayed the effect of this flawed act, saying it did not affect Apple's ability to assist with the court order, adding that the government's goal was, and still, to extract as much evidence as possible from the phone.

But that was not the government's only slump. Typically, the FBI requires that warrants for technological data remain confidential. Only in the case of Apple it was different. According to New York Times, Apple asked the FBI to file the backdoor in secret. Only the government preferred to make the request public, practically forcing Tim Cook to publish such an open letter condemning the request.

It is easy to imagine why Apple did not want to see this in the news. Want an example?

I use iPhone and Samsung. If Apple does not give information to the authorities about the terrorists, I will only use Samsung until they give the information.

I hope others will follow suit. Our country needs and must demand security. time to start being tough and smart!

We will boycott all Apple products until the time the company gives the phone information to officials regarding the radical Islamic terrorist couple in California.

Apple just wanted to avoid that kind of pressure on her (like some "crazy people" thinking she is next to terrorists or things like that). However, with Cook's letter, she managed to turn the situation around, putting pressure on the government / FBI.

Regarding Trump's comments, Apple said it is part of a group of good companies / people that he has already criticized.

But why doesn't Apple create this backdoor to solve the case once and for all? What's the problem. While the government / FBI is asking for just that, arguing that the tool would be used only on that device, in this case, Apple says that there is no way to create something so specific for just one device and that, if that tool were created, it would put millions at risk of users.

According to the The Verge, Apple also said that if it responds to the request of the American government, very soon other governments will request the same thing as the precedent that Cook commented in his letter.

The problem, as we explain here, is that it could compromise the encryption of numerous iPhones: the FBI would continue to demand Apple to unlock devices in the future. This raw force tool could fall into the wrong hands, or even be discovered by hackers after all, there are no backdoors s for good people. Worse, it would set a dangerous legal precedent that would force other Android, Windows and other manufacturers to create backdoors to facilitate investigations.

Taking advantage of the scenario, the United States Energy and Trade Committee invited Cook and James Comey (director of the FBI) ​​to talk about issues involving cryptography.

In the midst of all this controversy, there is still the figure of John McAfee saying (as the Tech Insider) that he manages to hack the iPhone himself in three weeks and that the government doesn’t need to make that kind of request from Apple. Heh.

(via Gizmodo Brasil, Cult of Mac, AppleInsider)