In a recent Tweet, Edward Snowden says that there are some crucial details in the FBI vs Apple case being obscured by the officials. Below you can find a list with Snowden’s conclusions:
1. The FBI already has all of the suspect’s communications records — who they talked to and how — as these are stored by service providers, not on the phone itself.
2. The FBI has received comprehensive backups of all the suspect’s data until just 6 weeks before the crime.
3. Copies of the suspect’s contacts with co-workers — the FBI’s claimed interest — are available in duplicate from these co-workers’ phones.
4. The phone in controversy is a government-issued work phone, subjected to consent-to-monitoring, not a secret terrorist communications device. The “operational” phones believed to be hiding incriminating information, recovered by the FBI during a search, were physically destroyed, not “shielded by Apple”.
5. Alternative means for gaining access to this device — and others — exist that do not require the manufacturer’s assistance.
Snowden’s conclusions were discussed on it’s Twitter account and some peoples concluded also that:
@Snowden @FBI So it's possible the FBI isn't telling the truth in an effort to gain heightened surveillance powers.
— JR Howell (@JR_Howell_JR) 19 februarie 2016
@Snowden You know how the system works. pic.twitter.com/PkpZZhQ0Pc
— Monta (@montareeves) 19 februarie 2016
@Snowden @jsfiander @FBI And possibly Apple has engineered a "back door" into every phone,.."Too-Many-Secrets." pic.twitter.com/e5hJ3DFKhj
— Mike (@MikeAE35) 20 februarie 2016
FBI to APPLE
According to Techcrunch, FBI requested Apple to:
1. Disable or bypass the auto-erase function on iOS that erases phones if too many wrong passwords were enetered.
2. Remove the delay on password inputs so that the FBI ( Federal Bureau of Investigation) can “guess” the iPhone’s passcode without it locking them out for minutes or hours
3. Create a new version of iOS that allows the submission of passcodes via wireless protocol like Bluetooth or Wifi or the physical port on the device.
You can read more regarding FBI vs Apple on TechCrunch’s dedicated page, here.