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.

9 Responses

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  2. Chiron202

    I’m still waiting to see the list of real-life “ticking time bomb” examples that supposedly justify the torture of our enemies and the surveillance of everyone else.

  3. Guest

    The FBI logic is that everyone is potentially a criminal, and so to make everyone safe, everyone’s data must be accessible to them. Would you rather have safety or freedom? It seems like most people choose safety.

  4. Devadv

    More rhetoric to drive up sales. If you honestly believe the NSA cannot crack apple encryption, you’re the perfect chump.

    • John doe

      The FBI and NSA have repeatedly tried to pull Encryption software from store shelves. They have tried passing bills to make encryption software illegal. They can crack it, but it takes 4 years on average with an average password. That is why the NSA has to use a middle man attack when it data mines info before it hits Google’s encrypted servers. They basically go and tap Level 3s fiber lines and grab data in mass as it is in route to Google’s servers. Google and Apples latest move to encrypt there handsets is not going over well with the Fed agencies because it will take time to pull evidence, if any from handsets. In some cases it may even be impossible to do given time constraints if one is using a strong phrase.

    • hackermico

      Devade you’re right, like you said this is market propaganda noting more noting less. Noting like encryption, believe or not if one computer can encrypte it and other can decrypte it then NSA computer can see it. Only dum ass people would believe this nonsense.

    • trashreader

      I love how this story’s title is “NSA worried over advanced passcode encryption mechanism of Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plu,” but the story never explicitly mentions the NSA or provides any proof that the NSA is worried. If focuses specifically on the comments of FBI Director James Comey. Here’s a news flash, Clinton Hesler,– the Director of the FBI is not in charge of the NSA. It’s a completely different agency that’s in fact part the Depart of Defense.

  5. anontheist

    Like they say, “Freedom ain’t free”.
    Sorry, but you’ll have to tell Big Brother to go away if you want to preserve some modicum of privacy.
    Thanks, Apple.


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