Since Shed Farook the guy that was staged the San Bernandino shooting was actually using an Apple iPhone 5c, a federal judge had actually ordered Apple inc to help in assisting law enforcement agencies in hacking into the iPhone device for a better lead on the investigation. Although Apple on the other hand had declined to voluntarily provide any technical help in accessing the iPhone device used by Sued Farook who had successfully killed 14 people in one of the most brutal mass murder in the US history dating back to December 2015 in California city alongsode his wife Tashfeen Malik. The help called for here is to help decoding the iPhone’s passcode. Also, parts of this help expected to be rendered include assistance in funding relevant data in who the attacker communicates or have been communicating with potentially via I message, and who may have also helped plan the shooting based on a report from NBC News.
Since the US Attorney’s office in Los Angeles had demanded the participation of Apple inc in the investigation, then the Judge had granted the request.
“The government has been unable to complete the search because it cannot access the iPhone’s encrypted content”
“Apple has the exclusive technical means which would assist the government in completing its search, but has declined to provide that assistance voluntarily.”
“Apple … has declined to provide assistance voluntarily.”
the prosecutors wrote.
So as quick as possible, the Judge had ruled that Apple provide technical supports which would also include removing the limit in the number if passwords one can enter on the iPhone and bypassing the device’s auto-erase function. The order also says the company be asked to write custom software to do so if it doesn’t have any to bypass the expected features. Now with the suite, Apple inc had been given just five days to respond to the grants although Apple hasn’t been available for any comment.
Judge orders Apple to do something that it cannot, as I understand it, technologically do. https://t.co/B8QBE5qtsw— Kashmir Hill (@kashhill)February 17, 2016
Now since Apple inc had made it known earlier that all devices running the iOS 8 software cannot be forcibly unlocked and this had been a matter of question as if the grants would be possible for Apple to provide a real technical help for the investigation or not. It should he remembered also that Apple stopped storing encryption keys after that version of its mobile OS was released back in the year 2014. Now imagine how many years it could take a standard decryption software to decrypt the six digit o
passcode based on Washington Post reports. This is to say that even though Apple might be speedy at removing the auto erase function and password limit but what about the main decryption?
The only timely way for the FBI to crack the code on Farook’s iPhone, which is running iOS 9, is with a supercomputer and the iPhone’s hardware key. Apple says it does not keep a copy of the key.
Although there are so many limitations, The Judge would still await Apple’s answer in 5 days as its not a matter of questioning and answering…the US judiciary ordered it.
The issue pits tech companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft against law enforcement officials who want help bypassing, and by definition undermining, consumer protection methods in modern technology and on the web.
James Comedy had hoped the cooperation between tech companies and government could help bring a closer gap in the investigation and other criminal investigations but still, one could say those advantages to the government could mean a big disadvantages yo these companies which might cause likely information breaches and potential hackers to action.