Kryptokriget i USA, hjälper forskare på Johns Hopkins-universitetet FBI att bryta sig in i Apples iPhone?


Obama-regeringens utspel om att man har hittat en grupp anonyma amerikaner som är beredda att bryta sig in i Apples iPhone sker samtidigt som en forskargrupp på Johns Hopkins-universitetet meddelar att man har hittat ett hål i Apples kryptering. Och eftersom Johns Hopkins-universitetet nära Washington har en lång historia om samarbeta med myndigheterna Washington så är det inte omöjligt att president Obama har hittat en grupp hackare som är beredda att anonymt bryta sig in i iPhone och skapa den bakdörr som Apple hare vägrat att själva öppna.

Ellen Nakashima skriver i Washington Post: Johns Hopkins researchers poke a hole in Apple’s encryption

Apple’s growing arsenal of encryption techniques — shielding data on devices as well as real-time video calls and instant messages — has spurred the U.S. government to sound the alarm that such tools are putting the communications of terrorists and criminals out of the reach of law enforcement.

But a group of Johns Hopkins University researchers has found a bug in the company’s vaunted encryption, one that would enable a skilled attacker to decrypt photos and videos sent as secure instant messages.

This specific flaw in Apple’s iMessage platform likely would not have helped the FBI pull data from an iPhone recovered in December’s San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attack, but it shatters the notion that strong commercial encryption has left no opening for law enforcement and hackers, said Matthew D. Green, a computer science professor at Johns Hopkins University who led the research team.

Katie Benner skriver i New York Times om Obama-regeringens sensationella utspel: U.S. Says It May Not Need Apple’s Help to Unlock iPhone

The Justice Department said on Monday that it might no longer need Apple’s assistance to help open an iPhone used by a gunman in last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting, leading to a postponement of a key hearing over the issue and potentially sidestepping what has become a bitter clash with the world’s most valuable company.

The turn of events came after the Justice Department said in a new court filing that as of Sunday, an outside party had demonstrated a way for the F.B.I. to possibly unlock the phone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino attackers. The hearing in the contentious case — Apple has loudly opposed opening up the iPhone, citing privacy concerns and igniting a heated debate with the government — was originally scheduled for Tuesday.

“Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone,” the Justice Department wrote in the filing. “If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple.” The Justice Department added that it would file a status report by April 5 on its progress on unlocking the iPhone.

Late on Monday, Judge Sheri N. Pym, the federal magistrate judge in the United States District Court for the Central District of California who was set to hold the hearing on Tuesday between the two sides, agreed to grant the Justice Department’s motion to postpone the hearing.

Det här visar givetvis att Apples iPhone inte är säker och att det nu är fritt fram för Kina och alla andra stater att bryta sig in i iPhone och alla andra Apple-produkter. Frågan nu är om Apple kommer att kunna täta den läcka som man har hittat i iPhone. Något som återigen kommer att få president Obama att agera.

Men det här är givetvis oerhört pinsamt för Tim Cook och Apple.


USABloggen på Twitter

Fler inlägg om Kalifornien