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March 28, 2016

Justice Department to Apple: We Cracked Your Phone, Dudes

They're withdrawing their application to compel Apple to aid them in cracking the uncrackable iPhone, because they've now cracked it.

The Justice Department is expected to withdraw from its legal action against Apple, as soon as today, as an outside method to bypass the locking function of a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone has proved successful, a federal law enforcement official said Monday.

The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said the method brought to the FBI earlier this month by an unidentified entity allows investigators to crack the security function without erasing contents of the iPhone used by Syed Farook....

It has been claimed that an Israeli firm named Cellebrite demonstrated to the FBI that it was possible to crack the phone's security, but Cellebrite is refusing comment.

I had an idea. Not a good idea, but an idea. I thought maybe the FBI cooked up this Miracle Solution without actually having a solution -- that is, they're just pretending they've cracked the phone -- in order to make terrorists think the iPhone is insecure and thus steer them towards other models. Indeed, to poison the phone's reputation even further, they've leaked it that a bunch of Zionists will be riffling through terrorist emails.

But I don't think that's what happened. I think someone actually just cracked the iPhone's security.


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