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The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that's simply not true. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable.
They created a phone that is either very close to or is virtually impossible to spy on or wire-tap (using the old term). This they did to give people more security in knowing they can't be spied on by the Govt.
Apple's reasonable technical assistance shall accomplish the following three important functions:
(1) it will bypass or disable the auto-erase function whether or not it has been enabled;
(2) it will enable the FBI to submit passcodes to the SUBJECT DEVICE for testing electronically via the physical device port, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or other protocol available on the SUBJECT and
(3) it will ensure that when the FBI submits passcodes to the SUBJECT DEVICE, software running on the device will not purposefully introduce any additional delay between passcode attempts beyond what is incurred by Apple hardware.
originally posted by: chrismarco
a reply to: ChesterJohn
I'm still confused...is it a matter of principal that the FBI is looking for access or is it because they cannot hack into it? Pretty scary if the FBI does not have a team of computer techs that can't get into a phone...
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
Wait....people (on ATS, no less) actually believe that this is anything more than Apple marketing?
Step 1: Scratch J Edgar Hoovers back
Step 2: Roll over while he scratches your back
Step 3: Profit $$$$