Although FBI told Apple that they might not reveal how they hacked the iPhone of a perpetrator in San Bernardino shooting scene, they might have given a hint to the people at Cupertino’s giant about the method adopted. Last night at Kenyon University, FBI Director Comey told CNN that their new method for unlocking the phones might not work on most of the models. This might be because of Secure Enclave that comes with Apple’s custom silicon A7 and models after that. This means all the iPhones from the 5s through the newest models can’t be accessed by the FBI’s method.
This is a sturdy clue for Apple to find the loophole that FBI tunneled through to tear out the perpetrator’s iPhone 5c. The method given by Edward Snowden (a world renowned hacker) involves by-passing the auto-erase function by copying the contents of the flash memory in the phone, then trying some passcodes and then copying the original content back to the flash of the iPhone to reset the counter. But, the iPhones having A7 chips and later come with Secure Enclave that also keeps track of the login attempts which means that overriding the flash will not override the auto-erase function. This might be a solid theory that supports the fact why newer iPhones can’t be broke into and a supposed method that FBI adopted.
The scope of the hack seems dull since as of September only about a quarter of the iPhone users on the USA are using the phones that do not come with Secure Enclave. This limited scope also makes it less possible for the FBI to get compelled to disclose the method adopted.
This might be a big revelation which might allow Apple to look into if FBI has successfully broke into the phone unless of course they are bluffing. The latest reports also say that the Senate Intelligence Committee is trying hard to get the cooperation from the tech companies to defeat encryption, but it was exposed today that the proposed bill is not supported by the White House. Trust is a delicate thing when it comes to playing with your privacy and your personal data especially when a third party is involved. We don’t know who to root for in the battle but both the parties are standing upright at their statements. We’ll see later what happens because this seems to be a potentially long battle.