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"Unlock iPhone that third-party companies can already unlock"

enero 16, 2020

Dispute between FBI and Apple continues over request to unlock iPhone from killer who shot at Pensacola, Florida air and naval base.

FBI vs Apple

The Wall Street Journal published new details on this story. Apparently, the two iPhones belonging to the Saudi officer who killed three American soldiers would be an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 7. They would therefore be two fairly old devices, of which the security is lower than the recent models.

The FBI thesis is pretty clear: if third-party companies can unlock these iPhones even without a backdoor, why would Apple refuse to do so? Already in 2015, with the well-known case of San Bernardino, the FBI relied on Cellebrite, an Israeli company to unlock the attacker's iPhone 5, precisely because Apple had declared that it could not no access to password protected iPhone data.

This time too, one of the two devices is an iPhone 5. This means that the same exploit exploited in 2015 could be used, but Apple has already declared that it could not do so. At this point, it is not excluded that the FBI will face a new Cellebrite call to unlock the Pensacola killer's iPhones.

If it was an iPhone XS or later, Apple's thesis on the inability to unlock it would be hard to deny. However, since these are two older models, on which some exploits have already been discovered, doubts remain.