Recently in IEEE Spectrum there was an interesting article:
5 Ways Cyber Experts Think the FBI Might Have Hacked the San Bernardino iPhone
“Last week, the FBI announced that it had, with the help of a third party, successfully broken into the passcode-protected iPhone 5C owned by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.”
IEEE Spectrum listed five techniques that may have been behind this controversial hack
- Exploit a known vulnerability in iOS 9.
- Circumvent the iPhone’s passcode protection by intercepting operations (internal communications) between its processor and it’s memory.
- Continually reset the memory, allowing multiple password attempts (enabling a brute force attack).
- A physical attack – tear it apart and read the data on memory chips (a destructive and risky process).
- A side-channel attack – knowing the specifications, scan the device using specialized tools.
So what can we learn from this?
Those who understand how it works can hack it.