TIME Security

Edward Snowden Dismisses FBI Claim That Only Apple Can Unlock iPhone

Snowden called the FBI's position "horses--t" at a conference

Edward Snowden is weighing in again on the FBI’s claim that only Apple can unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

“Respectfully, that’s horses–t,” Snowden said at the Blueprint for Democracy Conference organized by Common Cause, The Hill reports. The former government contractor, who infamously leaked National Security Agency documents and now lives in Russia to avoid charges, appeared via Google hangout and said the FBI has known of methods “since the ’90s” that would allow it to access to the information it’s seeking.

FBI investigators have asked Apple to unlock the encrypted iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters in the attack that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., in December. Apple has said that providing the government with such means would make other iPhones vulnerable and is fighting a federal magistrate’s order to assist the FBI.

“The global technological consensus is against the FBI,” Snowden followed up on Twitter later, linking to an ACLU post that claims the FBI can “easily work around” existing iPhone security measures.

[The Hill]



Tap to read full story

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team