It’s over. The FBI, likely with the help of one or more hackers that had approached it, figured out how to get into the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino attackers. The FBI now has what it needs:
- The data on Farook’s iPhone
- A way to get into all iPhones with this version of the operating system.
Problem solved – for the FBI, and it is dropping the case with a short filing that lacked all the details we really wanted to know.
But it’s not over for Apple. Now the iPhone is known to be vulnerable, and there are people in addition to the FBI who know how to hack into it, but Apple doesn’t. So now Apple, probably aware of the delicious irony, is begging the FBI to disclose the vulnerability!
Here is a practically funny interactive timeline by TechCrunch and Graphiq of the kerfuffle. Enjoy while the FBI is busy doing victory laps:
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