The FBI wanted to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. It turned to a little-known Australian firm.

Sollie

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The FBI wanted to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. It turned to a little-known Australian firm.

Azimuth unlocked the iPhone at the center of an epic legal battle between the FBI and Apple. Now, Apple is suing the company co-founded by one of the hackers behind the unlock.


The iPhone used by a terrorist in the San Bernardino shooting was unlocked by a small Australian hacking firm in 2016, ending a momentous standoff between the U.S. government and the tech titan Apple.

Azimuth Security, a publicity-shy company that says it sells its cyber wares only to democratic governments, secretly crafted the solution the FBI used to gain access to the device, according to several people familiar with the matter. The iPhone was used by one of two shooters whose December 2015 attack left more than a dozen people dead.

The identity of the hacking firm has remained a closely guarded secret for five years. Even Apple didn’t know which vendor the FBI used, according to company spokesman Todd Wilder. But without realizing it, Apple’s attorneys came close last year to learning of Azimuth’s role — through a different court case, one that has nothing to do with unlocking a terrorist’s device.

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Was it Apple or their customers promoting the notion that their products are unhackable?
 

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Was it Apple or their customers promoting the notion that their products are unhackable?
It started off with claims of Apple being impervious to malware. Malware actors accepted the challenge. Of course, marketing did not help. The myth about security lived on..

This whole article raises a few moral questions. Privacy vs security. This spills over into two different mindsets out in the IT world today. The less informed see privacy über alles, vendors market on that. The damage it does is incredible. Peeks at the GDPR, peeks at POPIA.
 
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