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FBI Calls Apple ‘Jerks’ & ‘Evil Geniuses’ For Making iPhone Cracks Difficult

January 12, 2018
FBI Calls Apple 'Jerks' and 'Evil Geniuses'

Image: Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai/Motherboard

 

A forensics expert from the FBI has lashed out at Apple, calling the company’s security team a bunch of “jerks” and “evil geniuses” for making it more difficult to circumvent the encryption on its devices.

Stephen Flatley told the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York on Wednesday that one example of the way that Apple had made it harder for him and his colleagues to break into the iPhone was by recently making the password guesses slower, with a change in hash iterations from 10,000 to 10,000,000.

 

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A report on the Motherboard website said Flatley explained that this change meant that the speed at which one could brute-force passwords went from 45 attempts a second to one every 18 seconds. “Your crack time just went from two days to two months,” he was quoted as saying. “At what point is it just trying to one up things and at what point is it to thwart law enforcement? Apple is pretty good at evil genius stuff,” Flatley added.

Culled from  motherboard

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