Los Angeles Times: Why Hackers Are Not Lining Up to Help the FBI

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In all of the debate around the Apple vs FBI tussle, many have wondered why someone has not simply stepped up and hacked the phone already.

Today, the Los Angeles Times published an article outlining why hackers are not publicly stepping up to help the FBI.

A few interesting thoughts from the article:

  1. Much of the security industry’s frustration with the FBI stems from the agency’s insistence that Apple compromise its own security.
  2. Going to the FBI before going to the company (in this case Apple) would violate standard practice in the hacking community.
  3. An iPhone 5c vulnerability isn’t considered a hot commodity in the minds of many hackers, who seek to one-up each other by attacking newer, more widely used products.

The article is worth a read.

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