Did the FBI need Apple?

So I’m sure that many of you have heard about the case between Apple and the FBI. If not, here’s a long story short: the FBI approached Apple, asking them to create hardware that would allow the FBI to unlock the iPhone of the terrorist from the San Bernardino attack in 2015. This hardware, if created, would potentially allow the FBI (and any hackers that got a hold of it) to unlock any iPhone.

As you can tell, this became a big issue for many iPhone users. Apple took this proposal public and told the FBI no because they want to protect the privacy of their users, which they have promised to their users for years. There have been conflicting views, while some say that it could potentially prevent terrorist attacks, others prefer their privacy more and believe that any real threats to security would not be stored on an iPhone.

This case has been sent to the Supreme Court, and the decision on this case will change the game completely, regardless of the decision.

So why am I bringing this up? Well, it turns out that the FBI didn’t need the help of Apple. The FBI paid professional hackers a one-time fee for the solution to crack the hacker’s iPhone. These hackers (also being called researchers) were able to disable the feature that wipes data stored on the device after 10 incorrect tries as well as increase the time allowed between attempts.

Now,  the U.S. government has to decide whether or not to disclose this information to Apple. James B. Comey, FBI Director, says that the solution only works on the iPhone 5Cs running the iOS 9 operating system. The FBI has stated that it has not made a decision on whether or not to disclose these flaws to Apple, and Apple has stated that it would not sue the government to gain access to the solution.

So give me the tea, what’s your opinion?


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