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Edward Snowden says FBI's claim it can't unlock the San Bernardino iPhone is 'bulls***

It's obviously BS.  It's an attempt to convince terrorist to use the apple devices thinking that they can't be hacked.  I suspect Apple is in on the scam...  It's called disinformmation 

Edward Snowden has hit back against the FBI amid its current battle with Apple, calling claims that it cannot unlock a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone without the tech company's help 'bulls***'.   The FBI is pressing Apple to develop a system that would allow the law enforcement agency to break into the locked iPhone, a demand Apple claims would make all its devices vulnerable.The NSA whistleblower was speaking in the Common Cause Blueprint for a Great Democracy conference in Washington DC via video link from Moscow when he waded into the controversy.'The FBI says Apple has the "exclusive technical means" to unlock the phone,' he said.  'Respectfully, that's bulls***'.  

Edward Snowden has hit back against the FBI amid its current battle with Apple, calling claims that it cannot unlock a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone without the tech company's help 'bulls***'
Following the conference, Snowden tweeted out a link to a piece by the American Civil Liberties Union that argues the FBI's fears of the phone's 'auto-erase' feature are unfounded 

 

Following the conference, Snowden tweeted out a link to a piece by the American Civil Liberties Union that argues the FBI's fears of the phone's 'auto-erase' feature are unfounded. Snowden then said the government agency has been aware of methods 'since the 90s' that would allow it to access information on the iPhone 5c used by gunman Rizwan Farook, according to Time.  Following the conference, Snowden tweeted out a link to a piece by the American Civil Liberties Union that he wrote explained 'why the global technological consensus is against the FBI'. 

The article argues that the FBI's fears about the 'auto-erase' feature, which wipes a phone of all information after 10 failed passcode guesses, are unfounded. Such a feature isn't enabled by default on most iPhone devices, according to the article, and even if it was on Farook's phone there are other methods through which the FBI can bypass it.  The government agency could back up the phone's 'Effaceable storage' before making attempts at the passcode, according to the article.  When the phone is wiped, it doesn't physically erase all the data but instead destroys the 'file system key', which then renders everything permanently unreadable. 

This file system key is stored in the Effaceable storage - thus the FBI would merely need to back-up the phone's flash memory, where it is included, and would be able to restore it as many times as possible with as many passcode attempts as needed. 

Snowden joins a number of tech companies who have defended Apple, including Microsoft, Facebook and Google.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3484420/Edward-Snowden-FBI-s-claim-t-unlock-San-Bernardino-iPhone-bulls.html#ixzz42RQug3sb 

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