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How Did FBI Knuckle Down Apple’s iPhone Secrecy?

(140909) -- CUPERTINO, Sept. 9, 2014 (Xinhua) -- Apple Vice President Phil Schiller introduces the new products during an Apple special event in Cupertino, California, the United States, on Sept. 9, 2014. (Xinhua)

Filephoto: CUPERTINO, Sept. 9, 2014 (Xinhua) — Apple Vice President Phil Schiller introduces the new products during an Apple special event in Cupertino, California, the United States, on Sept. 9, 2014. (Xinhua).

US investigating agency FBI has claimed much to the chagrin of iPhone maker Apple that it had broken into the code and gleaned at the information it wanted from one of the San Bernardino shooters.

The move may have dented Apple’s vociferous claim that its iPhone was unbreakable from encryption but also give an opportunity to fix the plug that may prove difficult for FBI to break in next time. But it has sent a message to the lovers of iPhone that they should keep their device dearer to their heart and keep it safely lest someone may steal their secrets and files.

Armed with the trick, the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week withdrew its case in the court to force Apple reveal the passcode as it could eventually force even the FBI t reveal its source or method to the court. Now it is an open ground for Apple to work on its encryption claim and fix the bug. Until then, FBI will pervasively hold an upper hand on the so-called super secret code of Apple iPhones.

“The FBI would need to resign itself to the fact that such an exploit would only be viable for a few months, if released to other departments,” Jonathan Zdziarski, an independent forensics expert told Reuters. His contention is that the person who had helped FBI to cra ck the phone open may sell it to other countries for a premium unless Apple moves in swiftly to fix it forever. In fact, one defense contractor paid $1 million recently to buy a program for breaking into an iPhone via the web.

Defending Apple’s strategy, one enginner of Apple brushed aside the entire brouhaha saying, “Flaws of this nature have a pretty short life cycle.” But that short cycle may propel fears among the iPhone users around the world.

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