It is disappointing that Apple and the FBI could not reach an agreement behind closed doors early on to open the encrypted iPhone used by a shooter in the deadly attack in San Bernardino in December (FBI cracks locked iPhone, March 29). Instead they wasted valuable time at the expense of national security.
It’s possible that the FBI asked for too much, and Apple arrogantly did not want to give up anything for the sake of privacy, which is meaningless if you don’t have national security.
The result is that an Israeli mobile forensics specialty firm was able to assist in getting the information from the iPhone. Now terrorists will be even more careful since they know the information on their phones can be retrieved.
Apparently, there is no limit to human beings’ ingenuity.
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Steven Z. Levinson,