30 Mar '16, 2pm

FBI vs Apple: A Postmortem

FBI vs Apple: A Postmortem

By now you’ve doubtless heard that the FBI has broken the encryption on Syed Farook — the suicide terrorist who killed fourteen and then himself in San Bernardino. Consequently, they won’t be requiring Apple’s (compelled) services any more. A number of people have written in and asked what we knew about the hack, and the frank answer is “not a heck of a lot”. And it’s not just us, because the FBI has classified the technique . What we do know is that they paid Cellebrite, an Israeli security firm, at least $218,004.85 to get the job done for them . Why would we want to know more? Because, broadly, it matters a lot if it was a hardware attack or a software attack. Software or Hardware? If the attack was hardware, it may not be such a big deal. The iPhones supposedly prevent a brute-force (guessing) attack against the password by wiping memory or delaying after a fixed numbe...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2016/03/30/fbi-vs-apple-a-postmortem/

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