Apple stopped encrypting iCloud backups at FBI request

Apple stopped encrypting iCloud backups at FBI request

Anonymous sources told Reuters that FBI cybercrime agents and its operating technology division have hampered the encryption of iCloud data offered by the Cupertino company.

Six informants close to the matter commented that the company that today has Tim Cook at its head, dismissed the encryption of the content stored by its users in its cloud data service, at a request from the FBI. Informants include a current employee and a former Apple employee, plus a current official plus three former FBI officials.

This event dates back at least two years ago, in the midst of an interplay between the firm founded by Jobs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States, due to a shooting known as the San Bernardino massacre, in which case the The presence of a smartphone constitutes fundamental evidence to clarify the case. The data of the iPhone 5C in question could be reviewed by the FBI, without the help of Apple, according to the information originally released, a version that currently has its veracity compromised because of what was published by Reuters.

End-to-end encryption is a security feature widely promoted by Apple, making it an important part of its privacy-focused communication strategy that it guarantees to its users. In the midst of times convulsed by widely commented cases, such as the leak of personal content from public figures, this initiative was launched in order to reduce this type of privacy violation. Despite this, representatives of the FBI's cybercrime agents and its operational technology division rejected this measure, justifying that because of this they would not be able to access the information stored there, even having a court order for this purpose.

Among sources consulted by Reuters, a former Apple employee pointed out about iCloud encryption that the FBI I killed him, for reasons you can imagine. Given these pressures, Apple preferred to avoid getting involved in possible criminal defense charges.

Other informants, two former FBI officials, pointed out that despite the public confrontation over the San Berardino case, Apple and the Federal Government maintain a good relationship. Despite the fact that both acknowledged not having participated in the conversations with Apple, they said that in the discussion it seemed that the reasons stated by the FBI prevailed, which indicated that in thousands of cases access to this information provided important evidence.

Another former employee of the Bitten Apple company said the abandonment of encryption may have stemmed from other causes, such as concerns that more customers would be blocked more frequently. Following this, Apple ordered ten of its experts involved in the development of encryption technology at the time to abandon their efforts on the project.

With this background, iCloud will no longer offer the security guarantees of which it boasts. However, sources close to Apple participating in this information leak stated that Apple continues to safeguard the critical information of its users, such as their confidential data, passwords stored in the iCloud keychain and data from the Health app. However, the contact list and the data stored by messaging applications will be exposed as indicated in this publication.

So far, neither Apple nor the FBI have spoken in this regard. You can review the Reuters research in its original article.