Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) recently launched its much-awaited iPhone 6 duo, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with an advanced encryption mechanism that even government and state-sponsored hackers can’t break. However, on the flip side the security agencies cursing as it will become an effective tool for criminals and terrorists to go under the radar.
Apple promised not to keep any data or keys that can unlock the user’s device, and has claimed that even the company itself cannot decrypt it. Whereas, Speaking at a news conference FBI Director James Comey showed his concern about the company’s encryption techniques. He effectively criticized the encryption as it takes “more than five-and-a-half years to try all combinations of a six-character alphanumeric passcode with lowercase letters and numbers,” as Comey said.
Comey said that there are times when people come to them and ask ‘Why you cannot do it,’ Apple’s latest encryption mechanism adds a lot to it by making it impossible to decrypt. There can be a number of cases that includes seizing the device to extract evidence, and encryption techniques like these can effect the process to a significant level.
“There will come a day — well, it comes every day in this business — when it will matter a great, great deal to the lives of people of all kinds that we be able to, with judicial authorization, gain access to a kidnapper’s or a terrorist’s or a criminal’s device,” Comey said Thursday. “I’d hate to have people look at me and say, ‘Well, how come you can’t save this kid?’ ”
However, on the other hand, spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said, “It does make it challenging. But we’re not in the business of dictating policy for private companies, Although it could impact investigations; there are other ways to obtain information.”
Apple latest mechanism to encrypt the device will help a lot to protect its users from prying eyes of spying agencies, whereas on the other hand it comes handy for criminals and other anti-social people to go undetected.