Apple expects to discover the FBI's new method to unlock the iPhone

Apple expects to discover the FBI's new method to unlock the iPhone
Now that the FBI has discovered a way to unlock Syed Farook's Apple iPhone 5c without Cupertino's help, the law enforcement agency has become the belle of the ball. As we told you last week, numerous police agencies are asking the FBI to help them open an iPhone that they feel might contain evidence. For example, the Conway Police Department in Arkansas is going to use the resources of the FBI to unlock an Apple iPhone and Apple iPod touch related to a double murder.

Regardless of whether the FBI responds to Apple's request to spill the beans over how it unlocked Farook's handset, the smart money says that Apple will soon figure out the FBI's magic trick and quickly put the kibosh on it through a software update. Apple needs to issue a fix to close the vulnerability used by the FBI. If this code becomes public, every iPhone owner on the planet will be in danger of having personal information stored on the device hacked. Ironically, this is the exact reason why Tim Cook was so adamant against developing a special version of the iOS for the government to use to unlock the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone.

Apple might have a chance to learn how the FBI unlocked the Apple iPhone 5c through a court case in New York involving an Apple iPhone 5s belonging to a drug dealer. If the case continues, Apple is expected to use the discovery phase of the trial to demand that the information be turned over to its attorneys.

Some believe that Israeli software company Cellebrite, the manufacturer of machines used to move contacts and other data from one phone to a new one, is behind the FBI's new found powers. The day that the FBI announced that it had unlocked the deceased terrorist's phone without Apple's help, a $15,000 contract between Cellebrite and the FBI was discovered online.

source: Reuters

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29 Comments

1. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

We all know Apple used the FBI issue to shamelessly promote iPhones.

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Who knows, maybe Cellibrite = Apple Israel Inc, won't be the first time an Israel organization has disguised it's name. ISIS is an example: https://db.tt/sZ6D4P1U

5. TerryTerius unregistered

...... Right.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

From Apple behaviour, they really went from hero to zero! Acting like they are entitled to something they did not pay for. I don't think the FBI owns Apple a thing. Figure it out yourself apple.

27. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Exactly! Apple provides no help in potentially stopping another terrorist attack, Tim Cook lies through his teeth about their reasons for doing so, and now they want to know how the FBI did it?! The FBI should tell them to stick it up their a_s!

3. TerryTerius unregistered

Well, conspiracy theorists know that at least. I wouldn't think that Apple wants to advertise the fact that their security can be compromised, but who knows. I've been wrong plenty of times before. Maybe I'm crazy for not immediately assuming the worst.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

while bragging that iOS is perfectly safe, its so safe that even apple itself refuse to make program to crack it open, because they afraid that program may fall to others hand.. and now "others hand" already crack it, and even apple didnt know how they do that and cant close that security hole, lol

17. Unordinary unregistered

Except they didn't brag about having a perfectly safe OS, you dope. They have always claimed that the Mac and i OS are the most secure, which has proven to be true. And no, don't link some silly "study" article about iOS being more "infected" in 2015 lol. We all know Android is the worst when it comes to security. Cook himself said a few months ago, and even at the SE event that there is no software in the world that can't be cracked, and that Apple does their best to make privacy/security +1 priority. Sorry that your OEM hasn't been as top notch when it comes to security. This also includes QUICK patches and fixes. No OS is perfectly secure, ESPECIALLY when it's just SOFTWARE only, and not software +HARDWARE, like Apple and now Samsung as of recently.

28. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"which has proven to be true" True in terms of the fingerprint scanner hardware, totally false in terms of the OS, given the fact that no other OS has ever been bricked by a simple date change...and it's no surprise given they're the most vulnerable. Their security is just obscurity.

29. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Heck, security issue that was professionally reported over 4 months ago in their Mac OS X Gatekeeper, just gets thrown under the rug like it doesn't matter: http://engt.co/1W3T5Uf

31. blingblingthing

Posts: 962; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Mac and IOS proven to be safest? IOS with had at one point how many lock screen bypasses and even was jail breakable via a website? Mac safe when safari was usually the first browser hackers hacked at pwn2own? The truth is, these OSes are about even. IOS being more obscure tend to make it seem like it's more secure.

32. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

YOU seem PRETTY upset over that COMMENT. How much DOES Apple PAY you to defend their HONOR on this SITE?

33. Unordinary unregistered

Aww look. You're mad. :) lol

7. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

FBI used them first but apple won the battle

24. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Then, FBI won the war ; )

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Apple were so reluctant to unlock the terrorist's phone and now they're desperate to find out how the fbi unlocked it without their help lmao gtfoh

21. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's right, to help the FBI catch terrorists 'OH NO' but now no problem we'll find out how.

25. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yeah, if I was the FBI, I wouldn't give Apple shat

34. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

This all sounds to me like Apple supports terrorism.

8. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Even if they do patch the vulnerability through a software update, the police, government, etc have the phone in their possession. They can simply choose not to update to the latest version. This will stop future criminal devices from being hacked, but not the ones that they already have.

9. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

If Apple figures the exploit out by themselves then so be it. Till then the FBI shouldn't say a damn thing and should give them as much help as they received from Apple. None.

10. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Yes Apple, hate the FBI for trying to help families who lost their loved ones and just wants answers. Wonder what Tim Cook would do if it was his families involved.

11. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

No need to patches it. Believe it or not, it can be open whatever version apple releases in the future.

14. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ha ha yeah and all the sheep fall for it.......

15. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I hope fbi stop that court thing, so that apple never gets a clue. I like that they know their precious little iphone is vulnabke and they can't do a damn thing about it

18. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

All to make Apple look good. They tell everyone one they won't help the FBI= apple looks good in isheep eyes. Next they tell isheep they fixed it with updates =makes apple look good again. Apple has to keep you brain washed so you don't realize it was Apple all a long that helped the FBI, in turn the FBI won't tell it was Apple that helped.

20. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Apple can now forget about WINNING any COURT cases against Samsung in the future. America's favorite Company has gone astray. O.o

26. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

They activated Siri and asked very politely.

30. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

"Apple is expected to use the discovery phase of the trial to demand that the information be turned over" Whoever wrote that is incredibly ignorant of the law. Only the adversarial opponent is privy to discovery and cannot necessarily just give it to whomever they wish. Apple has no standing to the info via discovery.

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