Privacy Advocates Cite NSA Hack as Vindication of Apple’s Fight With FBI
The FBI claimed the software was needed to break into the iPhone owned by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the December attack in San Bernardino, California. Apple refused to comply with the request, claiming that the code would lead to weaker smartphone encryption and inevitably get into the wrong hands. Now, after a top-secret archive of some of the NSA’s own exploits having been leaked online, privacy advocates are suggesting Apple’s stance has been vindicated. “The component of the government that is supposed to be absolutely best at keeping secrets didn’t manage to keep this secret effectively,” said Nate Cardozo, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation who spoke to Business Insider. The NSA’s stance on vulnerabilities seems to be based on the premise that secrets will never get out. That no one will ever discover the same bug, that no one will ever use the same bug, that there will never be a leak. We know for a fact, that at least in this case, that’s not true.