The FBI’s success with the San Bernardino iPhone may not mean the loss of security for all other users. There seem to be a few other what-ifs that need to be considered. At this time no one knows who actually broke the code and how? Is this a single device break in? Is it related to just one model of iPhone? Is the process repeatable? Will the FBI divulge how it was done in order for Apple to improve security? All these questions remain to be answered.



SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI’s discovery of a way to hack into the phone of one of the San Bernardino killers may not be the master key that allows prosecutors across the country to unlock iPhones in hundreds of more ordinary criminal cases.

The FBI may not quickly share the technique it used with local law enforcement agencies, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. And even if it does, the hack may be too expensive for district attorneys’ offices, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has said.

Also, technology experts said it is not at all certain whether the technique can work with other types of iPhones.

While the San Bernardino case involved an extremist attack Dec. 2 that killed 14 people, investigators across the U.S. are seeking access to iPhones in drug cases and other crimes, arguing that encryption features prevent them from gathering valuable information such as the identity of the person a victim last talked to or texted.

“This is really a victims’ rights issue,” said District Attorney Daniel Conley in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, which includes Boston. “A lot of people view this through a national security lens and that is important, but my job is to serve victims of crime, and a lot of them aren’t going to get the opportunity for justice they deserve.”