The FBI recently announced it had figured out how to crack into the security of the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone, and now Apple desperately wants to find out how the feds did it.
The Department of Justice officially withdrew its case against Apple, saying it no longer needed help from Apple, as it had secured assistance from an unnamed third-party, The Los Angeles Times reports.
But now, Apple is panicking at the prospect its iPhone 5c can easily be breached by outside parties at seemingly the drop of a hat. The FBI is totally uninterested in responding to Apple’s pleas, especially given the fact that Apple CEO Tim Cook said he would fight the DOJ every step of the way in court. That sort of no holds barred opposition from Apple has not engendered much support in the federal government.
“One way or another, Apple needs to figure out the details,” Justin Olsson, product counsel at AVG Technologies, told The Los Angeles Times. “The responsible thing for the government to do is privately disclose the vulnerability to Apple so they can continue hardening security on their devices.”