Hopefully the FBI got/gets the information that they needed off the iPhone they cracked.
The FBI say’s they’ve been able to use a ‘new’ method to get into the iPhone in question and then dropped the court battle. They no longer need the assistance of Apple to make a back door.
The Justice Department withdrew its legal action against Apple after a method brought to the FBI earlier this month by an unidentified entity allowed investigators to crack the security function without erasing contents of the iPhone used by Syed Farook, who with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out the December mass shooting in San Bernardino that left 14 dead.
The government maintained it was looking for access to one phone, but Apple countered that asking for a code that could access the iPhone 5c would create a backdoor to all such devices that was exploitable by other entities.
“This case should never have been brought,” Apple said in a statement released late Monday. “We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated. … This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy.”
n its two-page filing in a California magistrate’s court, the government noted that due to outside assistance it “no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc.” Justice spokeswoman Melanie Newman said the FBI is reviewing the contents of the phone as “consistent with standard investigatory procedures,” and that “we will continue to pursue all available options for this mission, including seeking the cooperation of manufacturers and relying upon the creativity of both the public and private sectors.”
I am happy to see the FBI was able to pull this off without opening a huge privacy issue. This shows the public a lot of things. It proves they’re good at what they do and they can continue to find ways to innovate and keep up with changing times. Hopefully they get the information that they needed off this phone, that was never what a lot of us wanted to keep from happening. We just didn’t like how they were going about trying to get into the phone. I’m certainly glad they used an exploit to get into the phone over needing a special bureaucracy door. It keeps them accountable and we’re not just signing over more freedoms for an ever expanding need. Giving things to the government is different than having them just find a way to get it what they need. It’s a strange way to look at it, and one I can’t really convey very well.
I believe a sincere congrats to the FBI is in order! Congrats guys!