The FBI was at lock horns with Apple regarding breaking into an Apple iPhone 5c used by the terrorists in the San Bernardino attacks. But the controversy thankfully subsided due to an Israeli firm named Cellebrite which intervened by helping FBI in breaking into the device.
In the meanwhile, Apple is preparing a new update to patch this vulnerability so that it won’t be exploited further in the future.
Interestingly a new case has turn up in which Leonardo Fabbretti of Italy, who just lost his adopted son seeking to access the photos, audio clips and videos of his deceased son which are there on his iPhone 6.
The mourning father personally wrote a letter to Tim Cook to help him recover the contents of his son’s iPhone. Tim put him in touch with the Apple Engineers who tried to extract data from the iCloud backups, but sadly as it turns out, no iCloud backups were created and Mr. Fabbretti was left in utter disappointment.
He won’t out to say that, “Parents shouldn’t buy iPhones for their kids”
Fabbretti told CNN that his son’s iPhone is protected by a password which is unknown to him and thus he is even unable to “see his photos or watch his videos or hear his voice.”
However, as it turns out, Cellebrite came forward to extend its help to console the grieving father. The firm decided to break into the iPhone 6 of the deceased to retrieve the last memories for his mourning father. They invited Mr. Fabbretti to come up to their headquarters with the iPhone where they are currently working to hack into the device. Reports say that they have already copied the contents of the iPhone and are working on breaking the encryption right now. Cellebrite is doing it free of cost and it still remains to be seen whether it would be able to achieve this feat again.
Mr. Fabbretti was clearly in great anguish and has advised all parents against giving their children an iPhone. According to him, parents should have a control over the devices of their children.
Mr. Fabbretti said, “This situation has been so uncomfortable. Parents should be able to control what’s on their phones, especially when they’re minors.”
We extend our condolences to Mr. Fabbretti, but most importantly, the question which still looms is whether Apple should provide a backdoor into the iPhones or not. Let us know what you think below. Adios.