Revealed: After postponing a court hearing with Apple, the FBI is testing a new technique whi...
US Department of Justice on Monday headlines when deferred in California federal court. It is because in the face of Apple that will force it to write software that will make it easier for researchers to guess passwords iPhone commanded by gunmen Syed Farook for San Bernardino. The government now says it may have to come up with a way to enter the phone is not Apple's help. But it is hoped that the discovery will be kept secret in order to prevent criminals, security researchers, and even Apple itself from the smart phone
recycling, so tactics will no longer work Currently, the Justice Department is still testing to ensure that the method does not damage or use it before Farook phone to delete data stored on the device. The technology and succeeded in getting the government to get locked iPhone, guardian confirmed. US officials quickly realized that this discovery could be a mixed blessing, people briefed on the developments said. On the one hand, the government may be able to avoid America's most valuable company in a contentious legal battle. On the other hand, the government is now using the method when it is an "outside", according to court documents provided very carefully.
Apple has repeatedly said that the data stored in a locked iPhone can not be without the user's password for access, which Apple does not have. Scored lock your smartphone need to develop a security vulnerability in its software, once they find out that most of them technology companies correct these deficiencies. If the government decides it is often used in criminal trials password bypass technology, it has a risk, every defense counsel and the court asked how it is the problem of information access methods lock on the device disclosed.
The law also allows the government archive sensitive sources and methods - from the public's point of view and, more importantly, Apple. But this protection is not a guarantee. And like no secret that the more people know, the more likely it is to stay a secret. Apple's lawyers said on Monday they would push the government to disclose the nature of their tactics if used in the test, although it is unclear that they will have to do what kind of legal mechanism. This means that the government may not have found a panacea avoid iPhone encryption available, there may be many cases, it was decided to use tactics is not worth the risk.
"There will be some really interesting and difficult issues between the state and local law enforcement agencies," said Christopher Soghoian, technical experts and the American Civil Liberties Union, said the chief. "This is a capability that the FBI has not been for a few years." The Justice Department declined to comment. Suppose tactic works without erase phone data, which means the government may still wish to proceed with a court or Congress Technologies obligations of the Company's rules to assist in resolving investigations involving encryption case.
The government will need a more reliable way to access the iPhone more general case, the problem will also be encrypted in other cases not involving the iPhone, faced.