Why The FBI Doesn't Need to Hack The iPhone



Why The FBI Doesn't Need to Hack The iPhone



Hacking iPhones isn't the answer because they shouldn't design devices that are capable of being hacked.


As a tech guy, I have an entirely different spin on why Apple shouldn't be obligated to write software to hack their devices.

A lot of people think this is a question of protecting the privacy of the criminal.
It's not

A lot of people think this is a question of patriotism.
It's not.

A lot of people think this is a question of national security.
It's not.

A lot of people think the FBI needs to hack the iPhone to find out who the terrorist called and sent texts to.
They don't.

The fact is 99% of the useful information an investigator needs is already available to them, whether or not they get physical possession of a criminal's iPhone.


Once investigators know the phone number of someone they need to investigate, they can already contact the phone carrier to get lists showing every phone number the criminal communicated with since the account was created. This is by far the most useful information on the phone itself. Other than that, the only other thing that might be on the phone would be emails, music, photos and Apps. Chances are most of the Apps, music and photos won't be helpful, but there's a chance there may be some useful emails, which are mainly stored in the cloud.

So instead of chasing after device makers like Apple, why not turn their efforts towards the phone and email carriers?

The bottom line is that for years technology companies have been pressured to make their systems more secure against hacking. The only way to do that is to design systems that don't have back doors in the first place. There can be no exceptions. If they designed systems with a method to bypass their encryption, sooner or later those methods will be leaked and literally every device in the world would be a target. This would be catastrophic.

This problem extends beyond mobile devices. If they force mobile companies to create a way to bypass encryption, sooner or later they will ask Microsoft for ways to bypass hard drive encryption on desktop computers.


Could you imagine a world where every device including mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers had a back door way to decrypt it? If they did, sooner or later that back door will be leaked and just about every computer system in the world would be at risk. Simply stated. It's not worth the risk.

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