Half a dozen of America’s top intelligence officials recently told the Senate Intelligence Committee that would want consumers in the United States not to use any devices, as well as services, from Chinese tech companies, even globally known brands such as Huawei and ZTE.
We all know the story -- the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had requested Apple last year to help them unlock an iPhone 5c unit owned by one of the perpetrators involved in the San Bernardino attacks. The phone maker had famously said no thanks, so the feds had no choice but to acquire the services of an Israel based mobile security firm called Cellebrite in order to help them crack the said iPhone.
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.
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.
According to a report published by the New York Times just this week, it appears that Apple’s engineers are busy working on brand new security features for the tech giant’s iPhone device, protective measures that could make the smartphone essentially unhackable. To date, no details were divulged yet as to when these additional security measures will be made available to iOS mobile users.
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