The iPhone 5C has been the heart of the contentious ongoing public spat between Apple and the FBI.
This Apple product was used by gunman Syed Rizwan Farook in the terrorist attack that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California last December.
FBI has cracked its way into the iPhone 5C, but the Apple-FBI saga continues as the agency spills the beans of the hack to members of Congress.
Hack – Apple vs. FBI
Prior to the FBI’s workaround and successfully gaining access to the iPhone, they insisted that the only way was to have Apple create an alternative through coming up with an encryption-cracking version of the iOS.
However, Apple CEO Tim Cook refused and argued how this could be a slippery slope which can likewise end up in the wrong hands.
After the iPhone has been hacked as FBI found another way into the phone, the case compelling the company to assist in the investigation was dropped. Though this could have been the end of the battle, the briefing of government officials about the hack details poses the likelihood of leaks and exposing Apple customers.
The company has acknowledged that threats and hack attacks on their data have become more frequent and sophisticated, and states that they will continue to increase the security of their products.
Thus, they want the information on this hack so they can make sure their devices are secure, by which customers can be given utmost protection against hack attacks and threats.
FBI Shares Hack Secrets
The FBI has started briefing senator Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) and aims to tell its hack secrets to other senators, but definitely not with Apple.
US Senator Diane Feinstein reportedly had a meeting with them and was briefed on FBI techniques utilized to hack the device.
Details about the hack and how they got into the locked iPhone were revealed, as a representative from her office has confirmed to CNET.
Senator Richard Burr was offered a similar meeting but just hasn’t taken it yet, and neither did his office immediately respond to a request for comment.
Feinstein is currently Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
She’s one of the backers for a bill that will make certain that the government can access encrypted data. Burr is another chairman of the said committee and co-sponsor of the encryption bill.
Law enforcement agencies typically provide classified briefings to federal intelligence committees, but do not necessarily have the same obligation to give out the information to companies on how they get around security controls.
Both senators stand that Apple should not be given the details of the hack performed by the FBI with third-party help.
Achilles Heel of the Internet
What remains unknown to the public is what the government did find inside the iPhone 5C, and what the hacked and decrypted phone presented the FBI with.
Has there been in any way a terrorist to-do list or maybe a dormant cyber pathogen discovered, if there’s such a thing? We may not know, but the battle goes on beyond the hack itself.
Senator Feinstein tells the National Journal that she doesn’t believe the government has any obligation to Apple, stating that no individual company is above the law.
The senator adds how dismayed she is that anyone would refuse to help the government during a major investigation revolving on terrorism.
Moreover, she highlights that encryption is the internet’s Achilles heel.
Apple’s side of the encryption battle is in favor of technology companies and rights groups who argue that strong encryption is required to keep people safe and protect each person’s privacy.
On the other hand, law enforcement agencies point out that access to information on mobile devices is essential in fighting crimes.
This meant bypassing scrambled data that’s supposedly read and seen only for those it was meant for, which is clearly an invasion of privacy and security.
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