How Apple Helped Me Crack iPhones Like Clockwork

March 16, 2016 – In The News
Bloomberg Business

Scott L. Vernick was quoted in the Bloomberg Business article, “How Apple Helped Me Crack iPhones Like Clockwork.” Full text can be found in the March 16, 2016, issue, but a synopsis is below.

According to Michael Yaeger, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, Apple used to help prosecutors who obtained warrants to access data on locked phones of suspected or convicted criminals and terrorists.

This is in contrast to the position the company has taken of late, as the battle between Apple and the government over whether the company should make a “back door” to access data on the San Bernardino terrorist’s phone continues to heat up.

The company is also fighting back against warrants for phones operating with older technology, the kind Yaeger says it used to hack for prosecutors all the time. The revelation that the company did have a “back door” that a lot of people used could look inconsistent or contradictory and hurt the company’s argument that the government’s demands have crossed a line.

While Apple may have legal and technical arguments on its side, its staunch position on the older technology “affects public perception” of its motives, said Scott L. Vernick, a noted privacy attorney.

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