FBI refuses to share info about hacking tool

FBI refuses to share info about hacking tool

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U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation

In an unsurprising move the FBI has elected not to share the hacking tool they utilized when they hacked into one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters iPhone.

The reason is pretty simple and straightforward the FBI believes that if they were to release the information it could be exploited and used by “hostile entities” if released to the public.

They are not entirely wrong about that either.

In January the Justice Department released heavily censored records in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from The Associated Press, Vice Media and Gannett, which is the parent company of USA Today.

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As luck would have it, a big part of the information that had been withheld had been the details with regards to how much the FBI paid a third party last year to unlock the work phone of Syed Rizwan Farook.

Naturally those in the media have not been on board with not knowing the FBI’s source, so in a court filing on Monday, the media wanted justification for the the Justice Department’s decision to redact those details.

Of course the fight is not over, some the media keeps pushing for the information…which leaves me wondering why some in the media feel that they are entitled to such information?

In the end that is really what it is about, entitlement to something.

It’s pretty clear to me that releasing such details would in fact entice some hackers…and while I do agree to an extent that the public does have a right to know some details.

When it comes to things like national security and intel that could be used by hackers as a way to hack innocent individuals, then I say let the our government agencies keep those details to themselves.

It would not have been any different had Apple created the backdoor the FBI initially asked for anyway.

Apple would have never released that information to the general public.

This is one where I am on the side of the DOJ and the FBI. I have always said that in some cases the government should keep certain details to themselves.

Sadly, when it comes to national security we are simply not entitled to know every little detail, especially if those details could in turn be learned and then used to cause harm to others.

Cristal M Clark

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