FBI refuses to allow its iPhone hacking system to be shared with Apple and others

FBI refuses to allow its iPhone hacking system to be shared with Apple and others
Yesterday, a statement from the FBI proved that the agency has no desire to share the method it used to crack open a deceased terrorist's Apple iPhone 5c, with Apple and the rest of the public. The FBI said that it doesn't know enough about the method used to unlock Syed Farook's iPhone to submit for review through the Obama administration.

Apple and the public could have learned how the phone was unlocked had the hacking method been submitted by the FBI for the Vulnerabilities Equities Process. By failing to submit the hacking method, the system remains unknown to Apple, who worries that it will fall into the wrong hands and compromise the security of every iPhone in use.

While an exact accounting has never been released, an off the cuff remark by FBI Director James Comey suggests that the G-men spent $1.3 million to unlock the phone. Law enforcement had hoped that information inside the phone would lead them to a person or group who helped Syed Farook obtain the huge arsenal that he had built up. It also hoped that the phone would contain a list of possible targets that the terrorist was looking at. Officials believe that after gunning down 14 inside a San Bernardino office building on December 2nd, Farook and his wife were on their way to other sites before the police stopped their rental car and gunned down the pair on a San Bernardino street.

While a court order was issued demanding that Apple unlock the phone, Apple said that it would have to develop a new version of iOS to do the job, since it was unable to break into the phone itself. Apple's defiance forced the FBI to seek a third party to help them unlock the device. On the eve of a courtroom showdown with Apple, the FBI was approached by a group that helped them crack the phone.

FBI officials said that while nothing was found inside the handset, the lack of such information actually was important to move the investigation forward.

source: CNET

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18 Comments

1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They paid people to try ios lockscreen glitches, the answers apple seek are on YouTube

2. sukrith2194 unregistered

Let Apple figure it out on their own! They wanted publicity and a boost of brand image by refusing to co-operate with the FBI to capture terrorists... Serves the Aholes right!

14. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

all iPhone users are terrorists ?? then how many iphones FBI want to hack? I guess FBI need build its own APPBI company.

16. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

I see a lot of people spouting this nonsense. Take a moment to look at how ridiculous you sound. Apple needed to boost their brand? The most well-known brand on the planet at this very moment? But yeah, they refused to give the government an override of iOS only to be say that they sided with the terrorists, right. You realize Apple makes more money than the majority of nations, right?

3. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

or they can sell the information to apple. at least 5x the cost of getting it.

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Go Feds......SAY NO TO APPLE!

5. ToastedBacon21

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

What else did they expect!!

6. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I guess FBI wants to protect the privacy of ios users. You know, maybe some will hack apple and get the procedure and compromise the security for alle ios users...... HA HA HA.....

15. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

oh. Then FBI can build better phone then apple can. we can expect next FBIphone better than iphone 8.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

well.. apple didnt want to help them, and FBI paid millions fix that... of course they cant just shared it to apple, since apple will patch that security hole, lol

8. Wakinguup

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 28, 2016

(Bad apple) d@'s w@ they are thought they were doing sumthin gr8 by preferring their (i) insanephone over the lifes of people calling it protecting the privacy of their customers; that was a disgraceful lies to the entire world as I know and any sound person that there is no secret on the internet. They didn't know their job description but the FBI does anyone who helped call the third party. Thank you so much FBI and the third-party crew. Lil advice for u insane phone, there are by far gr8 people out there who does crack and and keep fighting in finding solutions and you are no better than anyone on earth...go you and your insanephone fans to

9. egyptian3030

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

FBI officials said that while nothing was found inside the handset, the lack of such information actually was important to move the investigation forward. From beginning FBI tried to cheat Apple to have special iOS to break into any Apple phone, FBI never meant to secure people as they are interest in break into their life secret to have more control.

10. vprasad1

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

It's funny that anyone thought their phones were unhackable, be it iPhone, Blackberry, Android, etc . US Feds used an Israeli company, so now at least the US government and Israel can hack your iPhone. Have France, Russia, China, North Korea, Syria and others figured out how to hack iPhone yet? Only a matter of time. Blackberry shares their keys with Canadian law enforcement so you can basically say those are compromised all over the world.

11. jeevanand88 unregistered

For hackers all phones are the same...!! No difference for them!! If they want to hack, they will hack anything, even if apple gets the information from FBI!!

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I seriously doubt, that this method isn't already known in the hacking community.

13. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Is it just me or is the FBI acting like a big kid

17. AppleVersusAndroid unregistered

It's ridiculous how uneducated the people who hate Apple sound. Their comments are so biased and asinine.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Which is more important your life or your phone? Tim cook has mishandled this case pitch it as FBI bad guy vs them good guys. They have help the FBI before they decided that this is worth while publicity stunt. Apple are now upset because FBI manage to make it a bad publicity for Apple. Deal with it Apple, you attention seeking w***e.

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