The Obama Regime has dropped it’s bullshit demand that Apple create “govOS” for the iPhone to enable it to crack into an iPhone that had been used by San Bernardino terrorist Sayed Farook.
AP Story Link
“This case should never have been brought,” Apple said in its statement.
Both sides left important questions unanswered: Who showed the FBI how to break into iPhones? How did the government bypass the security features that Apple has invested millions of dollars to build into its flagship product? Are newer iPhones vulnerable to the same hacking technique? Will the FBI share its information with scores of state and local police agencies that said they also need to break into the iPhones of criminal suspects? Will the FBI reveal to Apple how it broke its security? Did the FBI find anything useful on the iPhone?
The surprise development also punctured the temporary perception that Apple’s security might have been good enough to keep consumers’ personal information safe even from the U.S. government — with the tremendous resources it can expend when it wants to uncover something.
So the FBI found some “weird trick” that enabled them to crack into an encrypted device. And they want the world to know that Apple’s security sucks.
I call BULLSHIT
I do not think the FBI cracked this phone. Dropping the complaint and then yelling HA HA! We got what we wanted ANYWAY! was the only way out of this embarrassment for the government. The Obama Regime saw this as an opportunity to use the courts to backdoor into law an effective PROHIBITION against strong encryption of data devices without going to Congress, by forcing any manufacturer (like Apple) to compromise any encryption methods they use. They did so in a very amateurish fashion by claiming an ancient statute from 1789 called the “All Writs Act” compelled Apple to do anything they wanted them to do, including producing a product they do not wish to produce (which Tim Cook called “govOS”) on demand.
When it was finally pointed out that there was superseding legislation specifically about electronic devices called CALEA, or the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1992 was a compromise between the industry and law enforcement, the government had no case.
Also, Apple won a similar judgement in a Federal Court in New York State. So the writing was on the wall: Apple had won and the Regime was NOT going to compel Apple (or anyone else) to backdoor their devices. Because the law simply does not give them this authority.
So, in conclusion, I believe that this phone has NOT been cracked. The FBI is lying to save face, and to imply that Apple’s iOS is not as secure as Apple claims it to be.
If I were Apple, I’d fight the dismissal, and force the Federal Government to disclose the “weird trick” they used to crack the phone. They probably won’t do this, and will be relieved to have this fiasco over, but if I were Tim Cook, that is what I would do. And, yes, Apple could fight the dismissal of this case because they have every right to discovery.
The Government can’t put you through Hell and then walk away saying “nevermind” without consequences. Apple has no doubt spent millions of dollars defending itself alone.
It is also in Apple’s vital interest for the public to know that their product has, in fact, NOT been compromised.