FBI cannot hack into locked iPhones newer than the iPhone 5c

FBI cannot hack into locked iPhones newer than the iPhone 5c
The tool utilized by the FBI to hack into a San Bernardino terror suspect's iPhone does not work on devices more recent than the iPhone 5c. The unlock method, though to have been provided by Israeli firm Cellebrite, cooled down the simmering dialogue between the FBI and Apple, with the former demanding a way into the device on the basis of national security. But it seems only a matter of time before the FBI or another authoritative agency reignites the debate, particularly if the next locked iPhone is a newer model.

As you'll probably be well aware, Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have recently been at loggerheads over the locked iPhone 5c, which belonged to the terror suspect Syed Farook. The FBI huffed and puffed, demanding that Apple provide a way for authorities to extract info from locked iOS devices. Apple would not budge. But just as it appeared as though a lengthy court battle would play a central role in the wider, ongoing debate on consumer data protection, the FBI found another way into the handset and things quietened down

FBI director James Comey admits that its new-found tool doesn't work for the iPhone 5s or iPhone 6, so this protracted conversation with Apple is not going away any time soon. The Bureau has long remonstrated with Apple for access to an iPhone 5s belonging to a drug dealer, and even though a judge ruled in Apple's favor, the FBI has since launched an appeal.

Though Apple has requested the FBI disclose how it got into the iPhone 5c in question, the government appears to be playing hardball. Speaking at Ohio college's Center for the Study of American Democracy, Comey says that the FBI is undecided on whether to provide the info to Cupertino. 

The Bureau is also confident that the supplier of the tool will continue to keep its methodology under wraps. 

source: InfoWorld via c|net

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26 Comments

1. westicktogether

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

My girlfriend works for the FBI and since I have a iPhone 4, she now knows I have 13 side chicks. Thanks a lot America.

5. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

That's a LOL, on another note it seems being a hacker and specialist of mobile technology can earn you a lucrative deal with FBI....

7. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Thanks America? The Israelis unlocked the phone.

8. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Your joke detector is broken.

17. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Should have went with Android =)

21. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

PA.. How is it that "locked iPhone 5c, which belonged to the terror suspect Syed Farook", when he was "THE" terrorist and not a suspect..?

22. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Hey PA, how come you say "locked iPhone 5c, which belonged to the terror suspect Syed Farook" when he and his wife are Terrorists?

23. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Hey PA, how come you say "locked iPhone 5c, which belonged to the terror suspect Syed Farook" when he and his wife are Terrorists?

24. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

You have an iPhone 4 and she works at the FBI? Let me guess, you get whooped and she wears the pants.

28. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

did you dieded?

3. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

JOKE !!!!!

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I really believe they already have the capabilities to hack all mobile devices but are just playing Apple, Google, Blackberry, Nokia, Microsoft etc.. Remember the DOD gave all of this stuff ( TtCP/IP -GPS etc..) away that was created for government officials and the military personnel to conduct operations after a nuclear strike. What do you think they have now that they are keeping under wraps? Of course if this technologies we are enjoying now is old, and declassified, to them then they must have developed ways to circumvent it.

9. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That's what they want you to think.

10. vasra

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

And you people actually believe this PR propaganda?

11. Unordinary unregistered

Where's that drooling slob of a fandroid who claimed all iPhones could be unlocked lololol.

19. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

This information has been fed to the media so that Apple does not loose its customers. They need to crack the software not the hardware, and if they have cracked the iOS every iPhone is vulnurable.

13. jas0n

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

ha, so now apple wants to know how the FBI got into their iphone 5c. i assume so they can patch it. had they done it themselves they would know how to patch it. so now everyone an iphone 5c or older is vulnerable to this hack (provided by an israeli company no less) and im sure its a PR nightmare. i hope the FBI tells apple to GFY

14. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Create a setting where a phone is automatically erased if not unlocked after a certain period of time. Simple.

15. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Anyone who thinks the FBI or NSA can't "unlock" your phone or "hack" into it needs to pick up a book every once in awhile.

16. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

What if it has been erased already?

26. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

It would have to be erased and written over quite a few times to achieve any level of un-retrievabilty. Pretty much, nothing erased on a computer is really erased. Just like cracking security, it only depends on how much time and effort someone is willing to put into it.

18. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

Looks like Apple has made a deal with the FBI, they gave the FBI access to the IPhone every iPhone old and new in return for the cheap publicity done by the FBI that Apple cares so much about its customers that it won't let FBI unlock their phones. To kill the so called case, FBI made the claim that they have succeeded in unlocking an old iPhone which is no longer available for sale. But they can't unlock the new iPhones, iPhones which are bringing in money for Apple. FBI has access to every iPhone, If FBI hasn't CIA have it for sure.

20. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

Does the iPhone 5c run another OS than the iOS? To crack a phone, do they need to crack the hardware or the software? If the software has to be cracked then this means they have cracked the iOS, not any iPhone. Every iPhone runs some version of the iOS, which means every iPhone is vulnerable.

25. AlikMalix unregistered

My best guess is they took the device appart cloned the data Onto an unprotected storage module and got the contents this way. Given that Apple does update hardware and with iPhone 5S moved to a complete 64bit architecture this might be the reason why 5c is the last of phone to be hacked this way. I'm confident that everything can be hacked including governments own pentagon. But I'm also confident about my data that even the government with all their finds and smarts had hell of s time with the 5c.

27. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Two things: 1. It seems as though Comey said this tool won't unlock anything post-iP 5c... People need to keep governmental doublespeak & legalese technicalities in mind. What Comey NOT say, is that they don't have another means of unlocking newer phones with a different tool. 2. It behooves the FBI to alleviate people's fears and reassure them their data is safe. Thus, everyone goes about their business again, be it mundane or nefarious, thinking the government is locked out... But, only until the feds need a key again. Then we do this all over.

29. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

This is just BS, Apple helped the FBI to unlock iphones. They started in 2008 with this, these articles are just a smokescreen!

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