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A rare and serious vulnerability in Apple's iOS operating system has been discovered by researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, which today published a report detailing its findings. It is the first known remote iOS vulnerability of its kind. Disturbingly, the company behind malware designed to exploit the security flaw may have also helped target an investigative journalist in Mexico in 2015, Citizen Lab said.
Arguing that if the court should not compel Apple to create software to enable unlocking and search of the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, it will jeopardize digital and personal security more generally.
"Riana Pfefferkorn, a legal fellow at Stanford University, agreed. She also said that this new software design choice may not specifically be about enhancing Fifth Amendment protections and trying to frustrate police efforts.
"In an opinion found by Stanford cryptography fellow Riana Pfefferkorn, from magistrate Judge M. David Weisman (published below), the court denied the government's application for that request, even though the police sought to search devices as part of an investigation into child pornography."
"“The links for Cabrera, the only word I can put on it is diabolical, as clever as they were evil,” said Geoffrey King, a lawyer and technology program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, a group that promotes press freedom worldwide."
""Building secure software is a highly challenging task, even for a world-class team such as Apple's," Riana Pfefferkorn, Cryptography Fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, told CPJ via Twitter. Government attempts to undermine security for law enforcement purposes only make the problem worse., she said.
"Civil-liberties experts say it’s unwise to make national policy based on a handful of cases. “There’s always going to be one case where some amount of information would have been really great to know,” said Brian Pascal, a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society. “I don’t know if that’s enough to underwrite the power police are arguing for here.”"