LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The FBI has agreed to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of killing a couple.
Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said Wednesday that the FBI agreed to the request from his office. The trial for 18-year-old Hunter Drexler was delayed Tuesday so prosecutors could ask for help.
Drexler is accused in the shooting deaths of Robert and Patricia Cogdell.
Fifteen-year-old Justin Staton also is charged in the shootings. The Conway couple had raised Staton as their grandson.
The FBI announced Monday that it had gained access to an iPhone linked to the gunman in a mass shooting in California, ending a court battle between Apple and the Obama administration. The FBI hasn’t revealed its method.
Now Apple wants the FBI to reveal how it hacked the iPhone.But the agency has shown no interest in telling Apple how it skirted the phone’s security features, leaving the tech giant guessing about a vulnerability that could compromise millions of devices. [source]
Depending on which side of the aisle you fall on whether you are pro Privacy rights or pro government, will effect just how you feel about this whole thing.
On one hand, if you are pro privacy rights, this is a pretty chilling possibility of big brother being able to break into your device at any moment to do whatever it is they want to do. Let’s be honest here, the watchers want todo the watching but they don’t want to be watched just like the rest of us. On the other hand if you feel that “safety” trumps everyone else’s civil liberties then something like this is just what you love.
I don’t blame Apple for being concerned.
For apple it’s clear. If the FBI has a way to crack into it’s hardware, Apple now has a great security concern as a company and as engineers.
For a company that prides itself on it’s security and user confidence, this is a pretty big deal.