2023 Author: Gordon Kinson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 11:09
The decisive court hearing over the dispute between the Cupertinians and the authorities was postponed at the last moment. At the request of the latter, a third party offered them their services to hack a smartphone belonging to Syed Farouk, who killed 14 people at the end of last year.
It is unlikely that Tim Cook would have had time to remove the words about the confrontation with the American security forces from his speech at yesterday's press conference, and not the fact that he would have considered it necessary. Although they definitely showed loyalty - having received information the day before, on Sunday, about the existence of a way to jailbreak the iPhone using an alternative method, the officials themselves appealed to the court with a request to postpone the meeting for 2 weeks. This time, as indicated in the official statement, will be sufficient to test the functionality of the know-how.
It is not known who is going to help the FBI, nor how these craftsmen plan to get to the data inside the locked smartphone. Only an indirect indication that the aid came from far away, not from government agencies in the United States itself. Investigators have no confidence at all in success, in particular, it was noted that there is a fear of damaging the information. Therefore, they will tinker until April 5, but if everything works out, Apple will be officially removed from the obligation to help the investigation.
Meticulous journalists were puzzled by how much attention was paid in the statement to the legality of everything that was happening. The Justice Department seems to emphasize that they have created an opportunity for Apple to legally get out of the conflict with the authorities without any losses for themselves. The task of hacking a smartphone, and with it the responsibility for the result, is transferred to some foreign enthusiasts, while the destruction of data is allowed. Perhaps their value has now become less important against the backdrop of the prospect of "far-reaching consequences for global information security", about which Eric Neuenschwander spoke so heartfelt from the stage yesterday? We'll find out soon.
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