The quest for an unbreakable phone is 'impossible,' says Apple

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 9:22 AM

Apple is pushing tough to create its phones more secure, but the quest for perfect security will never be met.

The quest for an unbreakable phone is 'impossible,' says Apple

Apple is pushing tough to create its phones more secure, but the quest for perfect security will never be met.

"Getting to unbreakable is impossible," Apple engineers told CNNMoney, though there had been reports that the company was reportedly working toward that goal.

The engineers said that the company is constantly improving its security as hackers obtain more sophisticated, but that number company writes perfect code without some vulnerabilities.

That'south one reason the company fought so tough against the government'south request to create special software that'd assistance them access the iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorist -- a move that Apple said would ultimately weaken security.

The FBI ultimately was able to access that phone without Apple'south assistance. But it's not disclosed the method or who helped do it.

Apple engineers think the government should share what they've learned.

"We'd like to know what this mechanism is so that we could address it and fix it in our product... it goes without saying normal practices are to let the manufacturer know so it'south fixed for all the customers," said the Apple engineer.

The Dept of Justice declined to comment.

According to a former national security official at the DOJ, D. J. Rosenthal, there'south a review process created by the White House to discuss providing information on the vulnerability to the manufacturer, in this case Apple.

"The basic presumption is that the government is going to share the exploits with companies, [but] given Apple'south refusal to cooperate with the government, there'south a powerful interest on the other side not to share the information," he told CNNMoney.

Apple well-known the government'south success in this most recent case shouldn't destroy customers' faith in the company'south products. San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook was using an old -- and less secure -- version of the iPhone and operating system, they say. And law enforcement needed to be in possession of the iPhone to access it.

When asked how the relationship between Apple and law enforcement will play out as security gets better, the engineers suggested a broader discussion on FBI resources, budget, and acquiring talent.

Related: Cellbrite is the FBI'south go-to phone hacker

Extra reporting by Jose Pagliery

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