FBI says method used to unlock iPhone doesn’t work with iPhone five or newer

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 10:49 PM

Presently that the Justice Dept has dropped the case, the FBI doesn’t have to disclose the mysterious method it used. First, the FBI disclosed this alternative method to some U.

FBI says method used to unlock iPhone doesn’t work with iPhone five or newer

Slowly but surely, the FBI is releasing information about the method it used to unlock Farook’s iPhone 5c involved in the San Bernardino shooting. Presently that the Justice Dept has dropped the case, the FBI doesn’t have to disclose the mysterious method it used.

First, the FBI disclosed this alternative method to some U. S. senators. And FBI director James Comey gave a few more hints. According to CNN, Comey said in a speech that the method doesn’t work on all iPhones.

In particular, he said that it doesn’t work with iPhone five or the newest models. So the FBI can’t simply just hack into an iPhone six using the tool it just bought.

iOS eight and later comes with encryption features that create it much harder to obtain access to an iPhone’s content. But Farook’s iPhone was running iOS nine on an iPhone 5c. So it looks love the tool works with iOS nine, but not on recent iPhones.

The iPhone 5c doesn’t have a Touch ID sensor or a safe enclave. The first iPhone with a Touch ID sensor was the iPhone five. So it could be related to the Touch ID sensor or not.

But there’s one thing for sure — the FBI hasn’t told Apple. Given that the FBI might get advantage of this security hole for future cases, it doesn’t wish Apple to fix it too quickly.

“We tell Apple, then they’re going to fix it, then we’re back where we started from,” he said according to CNN. “We may finish up there, we just haven’t decided yet.”

This is a shameful strategy as it exposes the data of millions of iPhone users to hackers and intelligence services around the world. Also, we've to believe the FBI’s word because number security expert has seen its method yet. And it’s tough to believe the FBI after this case…

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