A couple of days ago, the FBI suddenly suspended its lawsuit against Apple where they had wanted to have an iPhone owned by one of the San Bernadino terrorists unlocked to search for further intel. And over the past 24 hoursn many have speculated as to why this shift took place, and who might be helping the Federal law enforcement agency to crack the security.
And on March 23 we now have an answer as it appears an Israeli company called Cellebrite has offered to aid the feds in breaking Apple’s encryption and perhaps even provide a new backdoor for the government to infiltrate any iPhone it wants.
In the aftermath of the FBI’s surprising request on Monday to postpone a hearing in its legal crusade to unlock Apple cellphones, many wondered who it was that had succeeded in penetrating the supposedly unhackable smartphone. Earlier today Reuters provided the answer: the FBI’s effort is being assisted by Israel’s Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic software, which is now helping the Feds in their attempt to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Wednesday.
If Cellebrite succeeds, then the FBI will no longer need the help of Apple Inc, the Israeli daily said, citing unnamed industry sources. It will also mean that the entire Apple “stand” for privacy and consumer rights was one big theatrical spectacle as both parties involved clearly were aware the iPhone can be penetrated with the right tools. Aptly enough, said tools have been found in Israel. – Zerohedge
Ever since the creation of the Patriot Act, and the ideological ‘War on Terror’, the government has gone to great lengths to push the boundaries of legal surveillance and infiltration through programs such as Stingray and NSA collection of data. And this newest battle against a private company to demand access to customer protected security features is simply another step on a long road towards the destruction of American’s fourth amendment rights.
Just as the war on drugs has led to the highest incarceration rate for the U.S. in the entire world, much of which is based on victimless crimes, so too has the war on terror allowed the government to expand its powers to never before seen heights in domestic and foreign data collection. And as with most seemingly innocuous programs instituted by the government over time, they almost always lead to usurpation of citizen protections, with this newest battle to hack an iPhone just the latest one.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for Secretsofthefed.com, Examiner.com,Roguemoney.net, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.