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Two questions remain after FBI unlocks San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Mar 29, 2016.

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    Last night the Justice Department announced that it dropped the action against Apple to compel the company to break into San Bernardino shooter’s Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone. The government said that it unlocked the iPhone with the help of a third party eliminating the cause of the action.

    The government’s contractor found and exploited a flaw in Farook’s iPhone. Had the iPhone been unlocked this way by a security researcher, he or she would have been obligated to notify Apple and if in a reasonable time Apple did not remedy the flaw in a reasonable time the researcher would be obligated to release information about the flaw to the public. But the government’s contractor isn’t obligated to follow the security industry rules and may be prevented by contract and law from disclosing the flaw.

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