• Apple vows to strengthen encryption even further, ignoring FBI requests

    Should it successfully refuse a court order to help the FBI unlock Syed Farook's iPhone, Apple will continue to strengthen its encryption, a report said on Wednesday, citing an anonymous Apple executive.

    An Apple spokesperson declined to comment on the record to Reuters, and wouldn't say how Apple might make improvements. But they did suggest that Apple plans to strengthen its encryption, particularly if it wins its ongoing dispute with the U.S. government.

    Two other sources within the company, however, stated that Apple doesn't intend to take things to an extreme where it can't access any device data whatsoever. Reuters used the analogy of cloud storage provider Box, which aims for a "zero-knowledge state" about customer data.

    iOS 8 and 9 already offer full-disk encryption, which Apple claims is so tough that it can't supply a key, even when served with a warrant. The FBI is taking a different tack asking Apple not to unlock Farook's iPhone directly, but to supply a way of disabling the passcode retry limit so investigators can brute-force access. With the limit on, Farook's device is set to automatically erase itself after a set number of failed attempts.

    Apple has maintained that if it offers a means around the retry limit, that would compromise iOS security for everyone. The FBI could in theory reuse the code to gain access to any other iOS device, with or without a warrant, and share it with other organizations like the National Security Agency. The FBI has said that its interest is only in Farook's phone.

    On the legal front, Apple is expected to call for protection under the First Amendment with the claim that computer code is speech. Under that view, by forcing Apple to write software against its will, the FBI could be seen as trying to compel speech
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Facing challenges from FBI, Apple vows to strengthen encryption even further started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      They should make iOS so that no update can be flashed without destroying data unless the passcode is provided!
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Good news thank you Apple and Tim Cook for protecting us from Big Brothers grasp.
    1. Albut's Avatar
      Albut -
      Thank you apple for putting us all in danger. Irresponsible!!!
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Quote Originally Posted by Albut View Post
      Thank you apple for putting us all in danger. Irresponsible!!!
      I understand the sentiment and I agree it's a major dilemma for security services everywhere, but how are we going to uninvent encryption? Even if all encryption were outlawed in the US (an impossible scenario), a would-be terrorist or criminal could just use encryption software made elsewhere. These algorithms are freely available in the public literature. Government access to smartphones seems to me more about ease and convenience of accessing data from small-time crooks, traffic offenders, etc. It will do nothing to help eavesdrop on determined and organized terrorist groups - unless what the government means by "backdoor" is the ability to install keystroke loggers on each and every electronic communications device on the planet...?
    1. chaotica69's Avatar
      chaotica69 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Albut View Post
      Thank you apple for putting us all in danger. Irresponsible!!!
      Couldn't agree more whats more important ******* terrorist activities or stoping terrorist sorry but people ******** about there privacy im sure the fbi are not going to stop u on the street and search your phone. What is isis paying apple or do they think there bigger the the law great job.
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