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FBI, India and Iphone Hacking

There have been talks that India and FBI should join hands for important investigations where hacking of iphones is involved  as India can e...

There have been talks that India and FBI should join hands for important investigations where hacking of iphones is involved  as India can easily jailbreak into Iphones and can decrypt all the encrypted data.  

According to Indian government , they have been actively working to keep its electronic devices and forensic tools up to date. According to New Indian Express, Ravi Shankar Prasad, India's Communications minister said that "A tool for mobile forensics has been developed, which handles smart phones including Apple phones" 

But it has not been specified that which version of IOS are susceptible to India's forensic tools. There have been tug of war between Apple and FBI over encryption and privacy. 

FBI obtained a court order demanding Apple create a version of iOS that didn't include the safeguards preventing brute force attacks on lockscreen passcodes. Apple resisted and said the government didn't have the authority to force companies to make tools that defeated their product's security features.

In one of the cases, FBI agents were trying to get access of Iphone 5C of a San Bernardino mass shooter Syed Farook who was killed in police shootout and  only he had the passcode for his phone. Later on, FBI found the third party for hacking into his phone and dropped that case . 

According to FBI, there should be easy access to encrypted data and private data, else criminals and terrorists can go "dark", while technology companies deny to grant access to private data and secured features as it can be exploited by others and it will not be in sync with consumers interests.

Both Indian govt and FBI believes in easy access of  encrypted data and security, but Indian govt is not in favour of backdoor practices to access privacy , while FBI is pushing hard for backdoors, so currently it seems that both can't team up together after all. 

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