Apparently Hacking Syed Farook's iPhone Accomplished Nothing (Other Than Making Everyone Less Safe)
from the putting-everyone-at-risk dept
This should hardly comes as a surprise but reports are surfacing saying that after hacking into Syed Farook’s work iPhone, that was subject to so much attention, the FBI has found absolutely nothing of interest:
Law enforcement source tells @CBSNews so far nothing of real significance has been found on San Bernardino terrorist iPhone unlocked by FBI.
— Charlie Kaye (@CharlieKayeCBS) April 13, 2016
And, in the end, it appears that (as everyone expected) there was nothing on it. At all.
This isn’t surprising. As the FBI freely admitted all along, Farook and his wife had destroyed their own personal iPhones, and the only remaining one was this one, which was Farook’s work phone. If there had been anything that sensitive on it, you’d have figured they would have destroyed it too. And, of course, others had noted that the FBI’s choice of words after getting in pretty clearly suggested there was nothing useful on the phone.
But… in the meantime, the FBI has now made it clear that at least certain iPhone models have a massive vulnerability in them that potentially puts millions of iPhone users at risk. And the FBI has shown no interest in telling Apple where this vulnerability exists.
In short, the FBI, who is supposed to keep us safe from crime, broke into an iPhone which helped it solve no crime, but almost certainly has put millions of people at risk for potential criminal attacks in the future. Why does anyone think this is a good result?