Foremost iOS digital forensics expert, Jonathan Zdziarski, has written and posted an open letter to FBI Director James Comey, explaining why he thinks it is a mistake to keep secret the tool used to hack the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone.
On March 21, the day Apple unveiled the iPhone SE and Tim Cook stood on stage talking about how he "didn't expect to be in this position," the FBI acknowledged that it had found a way into Syed Farook's iPhone 5c. Zdziarski notes that keeping the tool a secret from Apple — even though Comey said it wasn't capable of cracking into newer versions of the iPhone — is a mistake. He writes:
He says that Apple knew its phones were vulnerable to tools such as the one used to get into the iPhone 5c, which is why, with the iPhone 5s, it introduced a Secure Enclave:
He concludes that it is important to share this information with Apple itself:
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