According to the FBI, the method used to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone 5C apparently won’t work on any of Apple’s newer iPhones.
FBI director James Comey on Wednesday, acknowledged that the agency bought an unspecified “tool” from an outside private party after Apple refused to create new software to allow access to Syed Farook’s iPhone 5C, CNN Money reported Thursday.
Apple has argued that a special-purpose version of iOS would not only offer access to the one device but could threaten the security of millions of iPhones if it got into the wrong hands.
According to Comey, that’s not the case in regards to this ‘tool’. It supports only a “narrow slice” of iPhones. In other words, it won’t work on the iPhone 5S and the entire iPhone 6 series.
Coney has not released any information about or name the third party, but some believe it was an Israeli company called Cellebrite, which specializes in extracting data from phones.
Could the unlock method used by the third-party company get released into the wild? Comey said he doesn’t believe that would happen, stating that he has a “high degree of confidence that they are very good at protecting it.”
The government has not disclosed the method to Apple. It’s worried that of the information was made available to Apple it could set back future investigations.
“We tell Apple, then they’re going to fix it, then we’re back where we started from,” Comey said, according to CNN Money. “We may end up there, we just haven’t decided yet.”