How will privacy and anonymity be attacked?
like so many other "computer hacker" items, as a tool for the "Four Horsemen": drug-dealers, money-launderers, terrorists, and pedophiles.
Creating a narrative
The FBI wants more powers. It needs a MacGuffin.In fiction, a MacGuffin is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation. The specific nature of a MacGuffin is typically unimportant to the overall plot: the Ark of the Covenant; the Death Star plans; Sauron’s ring…
Best way to do this is go to court and win a case in something that sets a legal precedent, allowing them to go to court again and again using same argument and win (or just have the opponent roll over and do what they want without need for court).
FBI gets phone of target it needs unlockedIn this case, a phone belonging to one of the shooters in the San Bernadino attack (the MacGuffin).
PhoneiPhone 5C has known vulnerabilities, especially to powerful, knowledgable entity like FBI.
FBI lies and pretends it doesn’t know how to unlock it. Says it needs Apple’s help to unlock it. Says it’s about national security - the Four Horsemen of the Infopocalypse argument.terrorists, drug dealers, paedophiles, and organized crime
The legal precedent they’re after, therefore, is to be able to force a company to build in backdoors to get around security for them. This means they would be able to crack phones on a large scale, for much less cost.
Apple refuses. Pushes back hard. Apple is richest company in the world, can afford a tough legal battleAlso realises that strong protection of data is a selling point that will only increase in value in the coming years. It’s not all noble minded motives at play for Apple.. Has company culture that is against the kind of crap that FBI is attempting.
FBI pulls out of legal battle, because now it looks like the ruling could go against them, which would make their legal position weaker for future cases.
FBI will probably just unlock phone now and get what it needsIf it hadn’t already - why wouldn’t you check what was on the phone first so that your win in court would be vindicated and undermine privacy campaigners?. In the longterm, it will wait for another opportunity to force its power grab with another phone and a weaker or more compliant company.
By admitting it can now crack the phone, the FBI harms Apple by publicising a security flawEven if it doesn’t share the initimate details, the public now think “Apple’s phones can be hacked”.. Serves as a warning not to fight back.