FBI director says method for unlocking San Bernardino iPhone only works on ‘narrow slice’ of devices
The FBI’s method for unlocking an iPhonebelonging to one of cover samsung s7 edge pelosa the attackers in San Bernardino, Calif., would only work cover samsung j3 milan on a very “narrow slice” of devices, cover iphone 6 va bene per 7 according to the bureau’s director. As a result,FBI Director James B. Comey said, he is confident cover iphone 6s batteria that the tool would not help unlocknewer phones. Nor have they said how this tool which the FBI bought from an outside firm let them access the phone.
The FBI isstill weighingwhether to tell Apple about how they were able to unlock the phone, Comey said during a discussion Wednesday nightat Kenyon College.
“We’re having discussions within the governmentabout, okay, so should we tell Apple what the flaw is that was found” cover samsung note 3 Comey said. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.
The Justice Department obtained a court cover per iphone 4s custodia cover samsung s7 edge personalizzate order telling Apple to help investigators access its contents by writing new software to sidestep a cover iphone 4s kiki case feature that would erase the phone’s data after 10 incorrect password attempts. Apple pushed back, arguing that if it was custodia cover samsung a3 forced to help, itwould open the floodgates for other requests that would chip away at the encryption used to protect personal data.
An Apple iPhone 6S. (Kiichiro Sato/AP)
After a barrage of back and forth court filings, open letters, statements and cover iphone 5c trasparente responses, the Justice Department abruptly said cover samsung as plus an outside group had offered to help it access the phone without Apple’s help. Last week, the FBI said that the unspecified custodia cover iphone 7 8 plus third party’s help had worked and they had “successfully cover samsung a3 206 accessed the data” on thephone.
WhileComey did not disclose the outside group’s methodin his remarks Wednesday, he said it would only be useful on a select type of devices specifically, the iPhone 5C, an older model released more than two years ago.
“The world has moved on to [iPhone] 6’s,” Comey said. “This doesn’t work in 6S, this doesn’twork in a 5S. So wehave custodia cover huawei p20 pro a tool that works on a narrow slice of phones.Ican never be completely confident, but I’m pretty confident about that.”
[The FBI is weighing whether to help local law enforcement agencies]
Comey cover samsung j7 2016 in silicone did not seem concerned that the method for accessing Farook’s iPhone would be revealed by the outside group that helped them.
“The FBI is very good at keeping secrets, and the people we bought this from, I know a fair amount about them, and I have a high degree of confidence that they are very good at protecting them,” he said.
He only identified this group as “someone outside the government” and said “their motivations align cover del napoli with ours.”
A day before Comey spoke, FBI General Counsel James A.
Baker also said it was not clear whetheror when the bureau would reveal iphone 5s cover nera what cover samsung galaxy note 10 plus was found on the phone, a decision that he said would only come after they finish analyzing its contents.
However, such prosecutions would require the disclosure of evidence to defendants. one direction cover iphone 5s Comey noted that even if the FBI decides not to tellApple the method, if the tool is used in a criminal case and disclosed to defendants, it would be made public and Apple could update its software to patch whatever weaknessis being exploited.
“It will disappear if Apple changes its cover iphone 8 aliexpress software in some way,” Comey said.
So far, it appears the FBI’stool couldbe of limited value in manycases. For instance, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. who has criticized tech firms in the encryption fight said none of the 200 plus phones they have collectedbut cannot unlock are iPhone 5Cs.
Since the FBI accessed the San Bernardino phone, numerous media reports suggested that the bureau then agreed to help local prosecutors in Arkansas unlock two Apple devices in a murder trial. However, an FBI spokesman said last week that while the bureau was asked for its assistance something that happens regularly it did not know whetherit would be able to help. The spokesman also said that the FBI’s response inthat case was not related cover samsung s4 silicone to the San Bernardino situation…