The battle between Apple and the authorities started when Apple refused to aid the FBI into unlocking Syed Farooks iPhone, a terrorist involved in the deadly terrorist attack that happened in San Bernardino California on December 2nd, as a result of which 14 people were killed and 22 seriously injured. According to the FBI, unlocking the iPhone will enable them to find out who helped the shooters to carry out the massacre, Apple held its ground saying that creating a backdoor might put users data at risk since the “master key” could fall in the wrong hands.
The battle ensued for months until the FBI, through the help of a third party tool, unlocked the iPhone without Apple’s help, this ended the fight between the two. Even though the fight had ended it did spark debate on users’ privacy and safety of their information. This led to fears that perhaps the same tool can be used on other iPhone’s as well, but the authorities have said different. According to the authorities the secret method for unlocking the iPhone 5c used by the terrorist will not work on newer iPhone models.
We have a tool that works on a narrow slice of phones
Comey also said while speaking to a group of students at the Kenyon College in Ohio, that the FBI had used a tool from a third party that enabled it to unlock the terrorist’s iPhone 5c. How the tool was used to access the iPhone wasn’t revealed, but he also added that the technique would not work on the iPhone 5s and the later models iPhone 6 and 6s. He also said that Apple requested they share the method used but the bureau hasn’t made up its mind yet. “We tell Apple, then they’re going to fix it, then we’re back where we started from,” he said. “We may end up there, we just haven’t decided yet,” he said.
This will create a relief for most users who were worried over privacy, well of course as long as they are using an iPhone that isn’t 5c. Since the technique cannot be used to break newer models, the FBI will likely have to seek Apple’s help in-order to access devices involved in cases similar to this in the future.
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