It is being widely reported in the news that a judge
has told Apple to
give investigators access to encrypted data on an Iphone belonging to
one of the perpetrators in the San Bernardino shooting case. Current
versions of IOS do not allow Apple to break this encryption.
However, it seems Apple is actually being asked to help bypass the
feature that autowipes the phone after 10 failed attempts to enter the
decryption key, thereby allowing the key to be broken by brute force.
This feature is supposed to be under the control of the owner of the
phone, not Apple.
But what Apple can give, it can take away. It may be possible that Apple
could load a software update (perhaps a temporary one) into the phone to
override control of this feature.
At least they seem to fight the court order for now:
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
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