The row between the FBI and Apple over the unlocking of the iPhone has once again attracted attention. Apple has refused to help unlock the iPhone of a criminal investigation suspect, despite strong official statements from both the attorney general and President Trump. Ironically, even without the company’s assistance, the FBI was particularly good at unlocking encrypted devices, even within a few weeks.
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Media reported that one of them was rudy Giuliani partner Lev Parnas’ iPhone 11, which either played an important role in the subsequent trial.
Forbes reported that the FBI first cracked Baris Ali Koch’s iPhone 11 — even though the plane was locked, the suspect refused to provide the password to law enforcement, and the authorities were not forced to unlock it through Face ID.
Given that Apple does not provide a second key or back door, the police can only unlock the iPhone through the above-mentioned explicit measures, but that doesn’t mean the iPhone is absolutely secure.
Since its launch, hackers have been trying to break into iOS devices, such as de-limiting carriers or installing apps that are not approved by the official App Store.
At the same time, government agencies have successfully hacked the iPhone through third-party technology to obtain the information needed for the investigation. The older the model, the less difficult it is to crack.
In the Pensacola case, the suspect sat on older iPhone 5 and iPhone 7 models, far less protected than the latest iPhone 11 series.
Bloomberg reported that it will take the FBI about two months to unlock Parnas’ iPhone 11. The news was revealed by the Justice Department in response to a lawyer’s allegation.
A lawyer for Parnas alleged that the government delayed the process of obtaining information from the iPhone to delay a congressional committee’s request for data.
First, Parnas has the right to deny the device’s password, but this makes it take the FBI nearly two months to unlock the iPhone 11.
The U.S. Department of Justice has admitted this in disbelief, confirming that the agency would have the ability to unlock the latest iPhone without Apple’s assistance.
But it takes a long time to hack into an iPhone, and there is no guarantee of eventual success. Other devices seized by Parnas are also being cracked.
Of course, the harder it is to hack an iPhone or iPad violently, as long as the password is long enough, which explains why not all iOS devices belonging to Parnas have been unlocked.