FBI May Assist U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies to Unlock Encrypted Devices

Posted on April 04, 2016 by .

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There is no doubt as to the growing controversy over Apple going against the grain to fulfill the request of the FBI to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Now, with the FBI accomplishing the unlocking task their selves, there are many questions arising and onlookers taking what the media has explained to us about the situation with a grain of salt.

After the outcome of the case where the FBI didn’t need Apple, the FBI may assist U.S. agencies to unlock other encrypted devices in the future. The FBI is now promised to help local law enforcement to unlock encrypted devices. However, in lieu of the FBI cracking open the San Bernardino terrorist iPhone running iOS 9, the agency is not explicitly promising investigators that it would deploy the same tool or metrics used in the high-profile case.

So far, the FBI has been coy on the method used to access the iPhone data in the San Bernardino terrorist case. Though, the efforts that may have been sought after to breaking into the terrorist iPhone may be ones that are later explored in their promise to assist other law enforcement agencies to unlock devices as needed.

“As has been our longstanding policy, the FBI will of course consider any tool that might be helpful to our partners,” it added. “Please know that we will continue to do everything we can to help you consistent with our legal and policy constraints. You have our commitment that we will maintain an open dialogue with you. We are in this together.”

Some outsiders have cited the Vulnerabilities Etiquettes Process, which would be a favor to provide Apple some disclosure for the security vulnerabilities that may have led to the FBI cracking open data of the terrorist’s iPhone. Unfortunately, it appears as if the FBI is going to take a high road in the case and offer their “help” to other law enforcement agencies.

While we can only speculate as to whether or not the knowledge gained from accessing data on a locked iPhone device has armed the FBI with the know-how to offer similar services to other U.S. law enforcement agencies.

Rest assured, the day of finding all of this information out is lurking on the horizon.

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