Many security experts believe that the FBI and NSA can already hack into an iPhone without Apple’s help, using a number of techniques such as “infrared laser glitching” or “de-capping.” Edward Snowden backed this up last month in a virtual interview with Johns Hopkins University. These techniques, although risky to the chip, are already in use by the most advanced hackers and, very likely, the NSA.
Even John McAfee has spoken publicly and explained how unlocking the iPhone is ‘trivial.’ In an interview with Russia Today, McAfee detailed the brief process.
I am going to tell the world exactly how we do this. Now I’ll probably lose my admission to the world hackers’ community, however I want to tell you. You need a hardware engineer and a softer engineer. The hardware engineer takes the phone apart, and copies the instruction set, which are the iOS and applications and your memory. And then you run a program called a disassembler, which takes all the ones and zeros and gives you readable instructions. Then the coder sits down and he reads through. What he is looking for is the first access to the keypad, because that is the first thing you do, when you input your pad. It’ll take half an hour. When you see that then he reads the instructions for where in memory this secret code is stored – it is that trivial – a half an hour.
If the government already has its own access to the iPhone, then the FBI’s chosen “debate” with Apple is an exercise in wearing down public resistance to the surveillance state.
What Americans are likely witnessing as the Apple vs. FBI debacle escalates is little more than a propaganda campaign to force them to surrender privacy for ostensible security.
A video, uploaded by the Facebook page SoFlo this week, provides even more evidence that the FBI’s public chest pumping is merely a charade. In the short video, the speaker explains a series of steps which allows anyone, not just advanced hackers, the ability to unlock another person’s iPhone.