posted on Feb, 18 2016 @ 07:39 PM
a reply to: TrueBrit
, I do see your point about making it appear that breaking into the phone was a cooperative effort with the assistance of Apple. And
maybe that has a lot to do with how the FBI is proceeding. Somehow I had it in my head that a cooperative agreement had already been reached between
the major tech companies and the govt in cases involving terrorism and major criminal activities. But, I guess I was mistaken.
It seemed to me that there might be number of different ways the FBI could have secured the info they’re after without asking assistance from
anyone. Maybe I was wrong, maybe not. But, as you stated, perhaps it would have been good PR and a good strategy to ask Apple permission first.
At any rate, I read something today which I took note of, but neglected to get the URL for later reference. It was an article by an ex-iOS-hacker who
now heads a cyber security company named Sudo Security Group. He said technicaly it should be no big deal gaining access to the system, and that you
could accomplish this by creating a RAM disk signed by Apple’s production certificate for the specific ECID of the suspect’s iPhone. This solution
would allow Apple to use existing technologies in the firmware file format to grant access to the phone ensuring that there is no possible way the
same solution would work on another device.
But, if Apple complied with the FBI request, then Apple would be showing the public (customer) that breaking into an iPhone is “possible,”. This
is why Apple doesn’t want to comply. This part confuses me a little. I would have assumed that most folks already realize that Apple can break into
their own devices. Also, I thought there was overwhelming support by the public for a tech company to aid government authorities in cases involving
terrorism and other major criminal activities, as long as a proper warrant is provided. The public just doesn’t want the government snooping on
EVERYONE at their whim.
Bottom line is, who knows? And however this turns out, I won’t get bent outta shape over it either way. I would be a little disappointed, though,
if Apple refuses to help, considering the gravity of the situation. I just don’t believe this device isn’t hackable...
Thanks for the info, TrueBrit
edit on 2/18/2016 by netbound because: (no reason given)