In 2016, Apple, Inc, maker of the ultra-popular iPhone, had a well-publicized battle with the FBI over access to an iPhone 5C belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, California mass shooting massacre. The company had refused to cooperate with the agency to unlock the phone, citing privacy concerns. The government dropped a lawsuit after claiming to have cracked the phone on its own.
Now it has been reported that an Israel-based company, Cellbrite, is telling its customers that it can break into all Apple iOs operating system versions up to 11.2.6, the latest one, including the iPhone X. This would imply that Cellbrite has the capability to unlock every iPhone ever made.The company has been contracting with many U.S.government law enforcement and intelligence agencies on unlocking mobile devices for some time.
Privacy advocates are raising the alarm over this unprecedented capability, saying that it will allow government agencies and other entities access to private smartphone data without having to obtain a search warrant to force a phone manufacturer to unlock the data.
In this short outtake from Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria, guests discuss the issues and implications surrounding this new development and what it could mean for iPhone users.
~ Liberty Video News
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