Former NSA consultant Edward Snowden thinks that the FBI’s refusal to provide information to Apple about how it unlocked the iPhone of the killer from San Bernardino will result in an overall attack on the iPhone users this year. This is because the company can’t fix the vulnerability that allowed the agency to access, with the help of some hackers, the data from the phone.
Snowden wrote on his Twitter account that a large number of Apple smartphones will be compromised until august of this year.
Personally, I think we'll see it by the end of August.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 13, 2016
He refers to the model of the iPhone 5C which belonged to Syed Rizwan Farook. The man, together with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, have attacked last year the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health with firearms, and 14 people were killed and other 22 were seriously injured. The two attackers were killed by police in a shootout.
Apple refused to unlock the iPhone, despite an order of Justice. Tim Cook, the company’s Chief Executive, said the Court decision would compel Apple to create a loophole in the iPhone, which is “too dangerous”. This loophole was created later by the FBI.
The company later claimed that the method used by the Federal Bureau of investigation in order to unlock the phone only works in the case of that model (5C). FBI Director James Comey acknowledged that he and the method used does not work only on older devices. However, tens of millions of such terminals iPhone are in use around the world.