If the FBI thinks iPhones are hard to crack now, wait until Apple further upgrades security

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The world is basically split in half when it comes to Apple’s recent clash with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, US courts and other government institutions in regards to breaking the encryption on an iPhone 5c owned by a San Bernardino mass murderer at the time of the December 2015 massacre.

There are those radically opposing Cupertino’s stance, arguing the tech giant is siding with terrorists. Meanwhile, many of the industry’s shot callers unconditionally support Tim Cook in his fight for online and mobile privacy. Finally, some voices are positioned in the middle, asking for Apple’s cooperation in this specific criminal case, probably not realizing that would set a very dangerous legal precedent.

But ultimately, if the FBI’s cybersecurity experts knew how to decrypt the iPhone in question, the whole debate would be in vain. Similarly, if Congress just passed laws stating exactly what device manufacturers may and may not be compelled to do to help such proceedings, it’d all be crystal clear by now.

In order to prevent at least the former occurrence, Apple is reportedly working on “new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone using methods similar to those now at the center of a court fight in California.”

This way, if, or rather when, the improved safety measures are enforced, the FBI would need to start the legal battle all over again, and find a judge to rule on new obstruction of justice allegations. Then, Apple engineers could develop different methods of keeping stored information under lock and key, and so on, and so on. The “game” really has no end in sight, until someone bigger than both the FBI and Apple intervenes. The US Congress? Future President Trump? We’ll see.

Source: The New York Times

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Adrian Diaconescu
Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).