Monday, March 28, 2016

FBI says it cracked terrorist's iPhone

    The good news about this would be that now Apple won't go out of business being sued by hundreds of millions of people all over the world. The bad news is eventually you might need to throw away your Iphone. The third thing you know is any financial transactions you do through your phone that are not insured by your bank directly you might want to stop doing including checking your balance in your accounts through your Iphone. So, it's likely a really bad idea to be accepting credit cards for business or personal sales through your Iphone anymore. Because likely your Iphone isn't going to be secure enough for that..

    It likely will be impossible to sue the government and win or to sue the business in Israel that broke open the security of ALL Iphone's on earth now. Also, a whole lot less people (if any) are going to choose present Iphone's to buy at least until they develop a whole new encryption level for them. However, another thought is if the up their encryption level on new Iphone software that might make them secure again. I don't know for sure.

    Likely the best way for now might be to buy an Android or Windows phone and watch and see what you see in the news about their encryption level being also violated by governments and criminals. So, either way Apple is going to lose a lot of business because for now people are not going to buy Iphones who know about what encryption actually is and what it means directly to their bank accounts.
    So, I would likely say   (with what I presently know) that as long as you stopped all financial transactions and stopped checking balances on accounts and downloaded something like What's App for the people you text the most that likely you could be or might be okay. 

    I'll do another article on What's App next:

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FBI says it cracked terrorist's iPhone 

FBI says it has cracked terrorist's iPhone without Apple's help

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The Department of Justice says the FBI has accessed the iPhone used by one of the gunmen in the San Bernardino terrorist shooting.

Law enforcement officials were able to break into the phone used by Syed Farook with the help of an unnamed third party. Government officials did not go into detail about what was found on the phone.
"The FBI has now successfully retrieved the data stored on the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple required by this Court Order," DOJ spokeswoman Melanie Newman said in a statement.
The DOJ is dropping the case against Apple, since it no longer needs the company's help.
Farook was one of two shooters in the December 2015 attack that left 14 people dead, and the government has been trying to force Apple to help bypass the phone's security features.
Apple (AAPL, Tech30) has declined to help, saying it would compromise the security of all iPhone users. The company has argued that law enforcement officials don't understand the consequences of creating a backdoor.
The two sides were due in court last week, but the judge granted a last minute request from the DOJ to postpone the hearing, saying an unidentified party came to the FBI with an alternative method for hacking into the phone.
The fact that the DOJ was able to successfully access the phone without Apple's help is bad news for the tech giant because it suggests Apple's encryption technology is not as advanced as once thought.
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Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment. But when the possibility of this approach arose last week, Apple said this vulnerability was consistent with its fear all along -- that it was in an "arms race" with people looking to exploit bugs in its software.
A law enforcement official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, would not reveal how it pulled off this hack, but he said the method only works on this particular model, an iPhone 5C running a version of iOS 9 software. He said it was "premature" to say whether this method works on other models.
He would not name the "third party" that helped the FBI. And he refused to say whether the FBI will disclose this hacking method to Apple so the company can protect future phones from being hacked this way.
Normally, in a situation like this, the FBI must hold a high-level meeting with the president's National Security Council to discuss whether to tip off Apple about the hacking method, according to a senior Obama administration official. Hacks are only possible through vulnerabilities in technology, and the same method used by the FBI could be used by foreign governments to hack Americans' iPhones.
The FBI should have that discussion immediately, said Ross Schulman, senior policy counsel at the Open Technology Institute, a think tank.
"The bug is, so far as we know, widely distributed and can give complete access to a device that so many of us rely on daily. Those are great reasons to tell Apple so they can fix the problem," he said.
Several experts closely watching this case say the fight between the FBI and Apple will only continue elsewhere. Both sides are already waging a similar battle over a criminal's iPhone in New York City.
"This case was never about just one phone," said Alex Abdo, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. "Unfortunately, today's news appears to be just a delay of an inevitable fight over whether the FBI can force Apple to undermine the security of its own products."
Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that a law enforcement official said the hack only worked on this particular iPhone. In fact, he said it could be used on any iPhone 5C running iOS 9.


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