FBI FUBARed Farook's Phone
Now Wants Apple to UNFUKIT

He screw the experts we're the effing FBI and we'll do it how we want to do it.

On Friday, we noted that one of the reasons that the FBI was unable to get access to the data on the remaining iPhone from Syed Farook was because after the shooting and after the phone was in the hands of the government, Farook's employer, the San Bernardino Health Department, initiated a password change on his iCloud account. That apparently messed stuff up, because without that, it would have been possible to force the phone to backup data to the associated iCloud account, where it would have been available to the FBI. But, after we published that article, a rather salient point came out: the Health Department only did this because the FBI asked it to do so.

Two months later, you get a "terrorist attack" (or a workplace dispute that can be painted as a terrorist attack) and a sorta, kinda encrypted phone, and voila. Just what the intel community asked for. It would be crazy to suggest that any of this was done on purpose -- it's almost certainly a bit of convenience for the intel and law enforcement communities. But the fact that the FBI directed the Health Department to change the password, and that's part of the reason they're now locked out, really raises some questions about what the FBI's priorities were here. It also raises a separate question of whether or not companies should be forced to hack their own system in cases where the FBI's own bungling was responsible for the loss of information. But, really, that's a minor point, given that the DOJ wants that power even in cases where the FBI didn't mess things up itself.

Um help, we broke it!

Sandcrawler PSA: Its one thing to, you know, f*ck something, but as a generate rule unf*cking is the hard part.

Posted by: Howie at 01:11 PM


1 What the FBI wants Apple to do is, in effect, turn on Admin privileges retroactively, because the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health failed to do so originally. This was Farook's "company phone", which very likely has no useful evidence on it anyway (he had destroyed his personal phones prior to going on Jihad).

Posted by: Spiny Norman at February 23, 2016 07:49 PM

2 But from what I understand the company no longer has admin because they transferred it.

So they should have sent the order to dump it to the original owner, the company.

Made the company dump the shit, then transferred.

Posted by: Tony Montana Political Refugee From Cuba at February 23, 2016 08:20 PM

3 Bahahaha ha ha ha hahaha hahahaha

...and people want even MORE government? People want these incompetents to run...everything? No wonder communism doesn't work. Government is really dumb.

Posted by: Missy Ohno at February 26, 2016 10:00 PM

4 And I would bet all those FBI incompetents ARE iPhone users, not Android people. Just shows you that most I-bots don't even bother to read the 150 pages of end user agreement before they do their monthly system updates. They should watch the South Park episode "Human Centipad" to see what's in their future.

Posted by: Arawak at February 27, 2016 12:09 PM

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