If Your iPhone Doesn't Have a Fingerprint Sensor, the FBI Can Hack it

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks (where is it? It sounds like a peaceful place), you’ll know that Apple’s been locked in a fierce battle with the FBI, which has finally managed to hack into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5C. It’s a huge moment as far as privacy is concerned, and FBI director James Comey has revealed that the intelligence service is able to bust into a lot of other models too.

In fact, it appears to be able to override the security systems of all iPhones, apart from the high-level, Touch ID-equipped models. iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus users are safe from snoopy government agencies, for now anyway. “We have a tool that works on a narrow slice of iPhones,” said Comey this week. “The world has moved onto [iPhone] 6S and this doesn’t work on 6S or on iPhone 5S.”

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The FBI, which worked alongside an unnamed third party on the hack, seems to be struggling to penetrate Apple’s fingerprint sensor. Though the intelligence service hasn’t publicly revealed how the hack works, it's described it as ‘perishable’, as Apple could apparently close the hole up with an iOS update. [Guardian]