Short Bytes: Apple engineers have already begun working on new security measures to make the iPhone completely impenetrable. The company is looking to remove the troubleshooting feature — FBI’s only hope to break the San Bernardino iPhone — and make the device unhackable even with Apple’s full assistance.
The news has come from a New York Times report that cites the sources close to the company and security experts. According to the report, Apple engineers are busy working on the new security measures that will create a significant challenge for the law enforcement agencies — even if the Obama Administration wins its iPhone unlocking fight.
According to the experts, the only way out of this feud is the involvement of Congress. Notably, federal laws bound the phone carriers to make their data accessible to the law enforcement agencies but technology companies like Google and Apple are not covered.
Many of you won’t be knowing that each iPhone has a built-in troubleshooting system that allows Apple to update the system without the need to unlock the phone. FBI is eyeing this feature and trying to force Apple to install a software to break the password of the San Bernardino iPhone.
To make the iPhone completely impenetrable, the company is working to remove this troubleshooting feature. Hence, even with Apple’s assistance, iPhone’s would become impossible to crack. This could also fuel some more legal battles and arguments to rule whether companies like Apple can be forced to help the government in extreme cases.
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In a recent statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated his stance by calling a backdoor into the iPhone “the software equivalent of cancer.” Do you agree with Mr. Cook? Share your views in the comments below.