It is not today that investigative agencies like the FBI and NSA are dissatisfied with the recent advances in cryptography. US National Intelligence Director James Clapper has already complained that the acceleration in improving coding technology had “a profound effect” on the ability to collect data.
This conflict between government and commercial technology companies has gained even more repercussion in the case of the San Bernadino bombing. With this episode, US senators even proposed a bill that would ban data protection.
Is not for nothing. Despite the success in unlocking the iPhone from the San Bernadino shooter, the FBI did not have the same results in other cases. Security experts at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have failed to reach nearly 7,000 encrypted mobile devices in the last 11 months.
This number corresponds to almost 50% of the devices analyzed by the FBI agents within that same period.
Because of this negative framework for agent efforts, encryption is considered “a huge, huge problem” for FBI investigations, according to agency director Christopher Wray. That statement was made at the conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which took place in Philadelphia on Sunday, October 23.
Syed Farook’s iPhone 5C, one of the San Bernardino shooters, was only accessed with the help of a company whose identity is held in deep secrecy. Although no official information was released, the FBI would have spent a lot of money to carry out the feat.