In order to hack into the iPhone 5c unit it was investigating, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) paid less than a million dollars, according to a report published by Reuters just this week. Although still a considerable amount, the $1 million figure was markedly less than what various industry watchers have speculated.
According to the transparency report that Apple has released just this week, the iPhone maker was asked by United States law enforcement agencies for information in at least 4,000 occasions, covering more than 16,100 mobile devices, during the last six months of 2015. The company in turn complied with 80 percent of all these requests.
More than a year ago, a certain flaw was discovered in the global mobile exchange system, and as reported by CBS’ 60 Minutes, it appears that this vulnerability is still being taken advantage of by hackers in order to gain unauthorized access to wireless data. The flaw specifically exists in Signaling System Seven (SS7), a full set of telephony signaling protocols that channels data between different mobile networks. In order to exploit this flaw, hackers need only get a certain phone number, and they could gain access to phone calls, text messages, and location information.
Well, sort of. As reported by CBS News, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is still in the process of analyzing the data from the iPhone 5c unit owned by terrorist Syed Farook, one of the two shooters in the San Bernardino attacks last December that left more than a dozen people killed. As of the moment, the FBI has not found anything that is critically helpful in the investigation.
According to a report recently published by the Washington Post, there is a possibility that professional hackers may have provided an assist to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in cracking the iPhone 5c unit owned by a terrorist involved in the San Bernardino attack that happened in December of last year.
You have probably heard by now of Apple’s legal battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But for those who have not, here’s what has happened so far -- the FBI is investigating a certain iPhone 5c unit owned by one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino, California massacre that happened last December. The FBI needs to hack into that iPhone so it requested the help of Apple to bypass the security measures in the iOS mobile operating system. Apple refused so the FBI had a court judge order the iPhone maker to grant the agency’s request.
A bill is being introduced this week that would not allow any state in America to ban the sale of mobile devices that are encrypted, or to mandate that phone makers put a built in feature in their handsets that would provide back door access to the user’s private data. This bill is called the ENCRYPT (Ensuring National Constitutional Rights of Your Private Telecommunications) Act of 2016, and is being championed by a couple of members of the US Congress, namely Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, and Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican from Texas.
The state of California has quite a track record of hosting some of the biggest tech companies in recent history. But in spite of that fact, its legislature is actually considering imposing a ban on smartphone devices that come with complex protective encryption capabilities. Jim Cooper, a member of the California State assembly has introduced Bill 1681, which would require smartphones produced on or after January 1st of next year and sold in the Golden State to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.
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