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Texas shooter's iPhone creates latest wrinkle in Apple/FBI encryption battle

10 Noviembre 2017

That wasn't an explicit attack on Apple, but since Kelley had reportedly left behind an iPhone after his Sunday rampage - in which he killed 26 and injured 20 - the company clearly took it to heart.

While there's an element within the Apple community that doesn't want Apple to ever assist the FBI for privacy reasons, it's clear that under certain circumstances and the right legal paperwork Apple will assist the FBI in getting into an iPhone for information that could assist a major case like the one on Sunday. The newest Apple phones are believed to be even tougher to crack, following a recent update included with this fall's iOS 11. In the case of the San Bernardino County shootings in December 2016, Apple has said the FBI squandered an early chance to get the data. However, later, the investigating agency abandoned the idea of pursuing the court battle stating that it was able to unlock the data on its own.

At a press conference on Tuesday, FBI's Special Agent in Charge Chris Combs said that Kelley's phone could not be broken into and that it has been flown to FBI's headquarters in Quantico, Virginia.

"Our team immediately reached out to the FBI after learning from their press conference on Tuesday that investigators were trying to access a mobile phone", Apple said in a statement Wednesday.

Its remarks came after Combs told the press that 'Law enforcement, whether it's at the state, local and federal level, is increasingly not able to get into these phones.

The FBI announced at a press conference yesterday that it was unable to decrypt the phone, calling it yet another example of tech companies thwarting law enforcement's ability to investigate crime.

But you have to wonder how informative the sessions are and how many are really attending because the iPhone probably could have been accessed if the FBI would have followed some basic steps as soon as they discovered the iPhone.

"We offered assistance and said we'd expedite our response to any legal process they send us", Apple said in a statement.

The FBI declined to comment when asked about the type of phone used by Kelly.

Apple said it had immediately offered to help the FBI even though it was not contacted by authorities. And if U.S. law ultimately compels companies to provide so-called backdoors to their devices, fears abound that undemocratic countries such as China will do the same.

According to the report, iPhones that require a fingerprint to be unlocked request the password after 48 hours.

He said that law enforcement agencies were 'increasingly not able to get into these phone.

"It actually highlights an issue that you've all heard about before", Mr. Combs said Tuesday.

In the first 11 months of the 2017 fiscal year, the FBI was unable to access the content of nearly 7,000 smartphones, more than half the total number of devices the bureau tried to access, FBI Director Christopher Wray said last week. Some end-to-end encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal use stronger security that locks up data with private keys, and which the companies can't unlock themselves. The government, particularly the National Security Agency, has proven to be vulnerable to hacking.

Texas shooter's iPhone creates latest wrinkle in Apple/FBI encryption battle