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They didn't deny it because their phones can be hacked. They said no because they don't want a precedent to be set.
One it's done, the precedent is set, and the Gov can then order them to do it again, or worse, do other things. Apple would have been at the mercy of the any Gov agency that wanted whatever's on the phone.
Of course Apple has the means to unlock a phone. THEY wrote it... They just don't want to be at the mercy of the gov.
If someone other than Apple could get into their phones it would have been front page news long ago.
Normally I would agree...But let's remember that RSA who's sole purpose is the encryption of data. Put a weakened algorithm into their product for 10 million dollars for the NSA. They have been found out and it hasn't hurt them. By all rights this company should be no more. But they are going strong.
I'm not saying that no corporation would cave to the Feds... but Apple ain't RSA. Apple is MUCH LARGER and MUCH MORE PUBLIC. Not to mention they are under a much bigger microscope. Apple fanbois hold Apple to much higher standards than Microsoft is held by Microsoft fanbois. Secondly, Microsoft fanbois (in all their numbers) hold Apple to an almost impossible standard in the media. The average Joe (ie. non fanbois) knows who Apple is and might own one or two of their products. Most people don't know who or what RSA is.
There are two types of people in this world: those that pronounce GIF with a soft G, and those who do not deserve to speak words, ever.
My suspicion is that Apple and the FBI settled "Out of Court" and we'll just say it was an unidentified source. Apple can go on selling your phones and the FBI can chase their rabbits. This all will go away by week's end and the selfies can continue on.
The smartphone target market is about as blindly apathetic as can possibly be. This is good for both the FBI and Apple.
The rumour mill is saying that its a simple case of a NAND mirroring attack. You remove the NAND chips from the board and then monkey about with them before re-applying them - most likely by simply soldering a socket to the board instead and then simply plugging/unplugging them.
Pretty low-tech when you think about it. You can buy a (cheap-n-nasty) reflow workstation for a couple of hundred bucks and the rest of the equipment is worth about the same. No need for an SEM or any of that kind of malarky.
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