How long has it been since we heard about governments complaining to Apple about not getting help to hack into a terrorist’s or criminal’s iPhone? Was it last year? It seems like it has been a while since anybody cared. Publicly.
Sure, politicians and authorities will go online or in public and ask Apple and Facebook to give them a backdoor into user accounts, but nobody generates much noise about that privacy issue anymore? Why not?
Silence Is Golden
I suspect because authorities have already figured out a way to get inside any locked iPhone already, so the noise they do make in public is just lip service to keep the villagers happy. It’s also likely that Apple, Google, Facebook, et al, already know this and they’re keeping quiet, too.
Win, win, lose is better than everyone but law enforcement wins. Authorities win, Apple wins, customers lose, but in this case, it’s mostly terrorists and criminals that lose– so long as they continue to use iPhones.
Just months ago an Israeli company created a product that it said could unlock any iPhone without having to ship the phone elsewhere to be unlocked. In other words, pay enough money and you get a device that unlocks iPhones.
See what there isn’t much noise about iPhone security problems recently? Most of what we’ve heard is silence but I consider it deafening.
That means authorities have found a way to get inside your iPhone without your password. Yes, they’ll still make noise in public about the needs and the rights to have backdoor access to encrypted files, but the way it works is simple.
If the authorities can get into your iPhone then they get access to encrypted files and Messages and photos and whatever else they need to convict someone so foolish enough to use an iPhone to commit a dastardly deed.
Now there are news reports that some authorities in the U.S. have been using the Israeli company’s device– from Cellebrite– for at least 18 months.
How long has it been since the F.B.I. bothered to knock on Tim Cook’s door? How long has it been since the last outcry to coerce tech companies to help authorities by giving access to customer data?
Other than the occasional call for a back door to encryption, it’s been about 18 months. Oh, and why haven’t you read much about the Chinese government or Russian government banging on Apple’s door about the need to help authorities?
Silence is golden, yes, but in this case, silence is deafening, too. Would you be willing to bet those authorities already have a way into locked iPhones?