IPhone Un­lock­ing Trick likely to Re­main Se­cret

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

San Fran­cisco: The com­pany that helped the FBI un­lock a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone to get data has sole le­gal own­er­ship of the method, mak­ing it highly un­likely the tech­nique will be dis­closed by the govern­ment to Ap­ple or any other en­tity, Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion sources said this week. The White House has a pro­ce­dure for re­view­ing tech­nol­ogy se­cu­rity flaws and de­cid­ing which ones should be made pub­lic. But it is not set up to han­dle or re­veal flaws that are dis­cov­ered and owned by pri­vate com­pa­nies, the sources said, rais­ing ques­tions about the ef­fec­tive­ness of the so-called Vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties Eq­ui­ties Process. The se­cre­tive process was cre­ated to let var­i­ous govern­ment in­ter­ests de­bate about what should be done with a given tech­nol­ogy flaw, rather than leav­ing it to agen­cies. Reuters

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