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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > FBI Wants More Data from Apple than China

FBI Wants More Data from Apple than China

FBI Wants More Data from Apple than China

Added: Thursday, February 25th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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Apple claimed that the American government went as far as to ask for greater access to Apple’s software than even the Chinese government. The tech giant continues to resist a court order forcing it to help the US authorities break into the iPhone that belonged to a San Bernardino shooter, and has already received support from its rivals, Google and Facebook.


Apple and the US government had a debate over whether national security can dictate how the tech firms make their products. The company was ordered by the federal court to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation in accessing the phone. The company responded that it is impossible to break its encryption and that doing so would set a legal precedent. Apple believes that such move would at least violate customer trust, privacy norms and weaken the core security of iPhone. In response, the court accused Apple of misinterpreting the law and placing its own marketing goals over national security.

Apple admitted that the US Justice Department’s request was so unprecedented that no other country, even China, had asked for such broad access. Moreover, Apple representatives promised that the company would continue to add more security features to its products in order to make it harder to get access to its devices.

The fight with the US authorities dates back to 2014, when Apple expanded the default use of encryption on its new models of smartphones. At the moment, the company announced that it would no longer be able to access passcodes used to unlock phones and therefore would be unable to provide them to federal agents. As a result, the agents technically can’t force the company to give it the passcode, but they managed to persuade a judge to order Apple to help it guess the passcode by weakening other countermeasures. The company had to admit that on a technical level, some kind of a workaround could be applied to its smartphones, but the authorities would have to get a warrant to do so.

In this particular case, the authorities tried to bring the gunman’s iPhone back to his home wireless network to see if it would automatically back up its files on iCloud, which could have given them access to his files and iMessages. But they found out that San Bernardino county staff has already tried to access his iCloud account and reset his password, which automatically triggered an Apple security measure that blocked the backup feature.

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Date:  Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-02-25 14:22:53)
tobeannounced avatarit is easier to hack apple phones but for the gov , it would be easier to say they violated fed law or pat or threaten them out of business, but then they are dealing with the geniuses of the gov making the big decisions! YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK, NEED I SAY MORE!

posted by (2016-02-26 05:07:41)
Asymmetric avatarIf this iPhone was as easy to hack as you believe it is, then it would already be hacked and this would not be an issue.

posted by Turtle (2016-02-26 08:11:46)
ReservoirDogs avatar+1 with #Asymmetric

posted by (2016-02-28 14:21:03)
Mike_Oxhard avatarMaybe if the FBI weren't so busy being Hollywood's Bee-otch (chasing down all those hardened criminals who download movies), they could focus their resources on developing the technical skills necessary to hack an iPhone. It should be a source of great embarrassment that our government's best cryptologists need to strong-arm a civilian company for help to hack consumer grade encryption protocols. Maybe these "experts" should have their pay adjusted to more closely match the pay rates of Best-Buy's Geek Squad.

posted by (2016-02-29 02:35:14)
Mike_Oxhard avatarThis whole ordeal has caused me to re-evaluate my position on the Hillary Clinton using her personal E-mail political issue. Initially, I was outraged. Then, I heard that Colin Powell and Condoliza Rice each did the exact same thing when they held the office of Secretary of State. And now, we find out that consumer grade encryption protocols are able to thwart FBI cryptologists. When you consider that Edward Snowden somehow managed to hack one of the "unhackable, secure" government servers, you start to wonder if Hillary's personal E-mail might not be every bit as safe as a "secure" government server.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2016-02-29 02:59:52)
Embolism avatar@5 In the san bernadino case the enforcement agencies starting with the sheriff knew there would be nothing on the phone and the feds broke the encryption which reset the password and so nothing was found since forced resetting wipes all previous data or that is my take on it,but the TOS of using Apples encryption services amongst others also states that if you are naughty they will supply the MAN any relevant info of wrongdoing,knowing this and that there was no data of any relevance on the phone the feds stupidly broke into it if you believe that,although one can surmise that it was done as a test case to either get encryption keys from communication companies without warrants saving them from repeating the supposed faux pas of the agents who perpetrated the misuse of communications act and hacked the iPhone,another breach of trust and privacy.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2016-02-29 03:20:58)
Embolism avatarPersonally I have always backed Blackphones which when more common will come down in price as time progresses and the silent circle subscription becomes cheaper. (:^D)Ebay at the moment have blackphone 1`s going for 80 dollars New from $600+ when first released and Blackphone 2`s selling at around $1000 so probably 100 bucks will get you one of them in a year or 2.

posted by Site FriendET junkieET lovermenSunTurtle (2016-02-29 19:47:39)
Sammy1968 avatarThe bottom line is so freaking obvious. I'd rather live in the USA knowing that are government is at least trying to find assholes that
enjoy killing people just to strike FEAR in the rest of the world. If you feel the need for protecting your simple I-Phone from others, then there is most likely a reason behind it ... AKA Being stupid.

posted by ET lover (2016-03-01 00:25:18)
se7enslayer avatarI'm worried about them finding my secret meme folder. Agree with #8

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