Apple vs FBI Gets Weirder


Update to my story of a few hours ago:

Buzzfeed is reporting something very strange:

The Apple ID password linked to the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists was changed less than 24 hours after the government took possession of the device, senior Apple executives said Friday. If that hadn’t happened, Apple said, a backup of the information the government was seeking may have been accessible.

The interesting question is who did this.  To understand this question, we need to delve into the wonderful world of Apple’s various identification methods.

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But — and my lovely wife and I know this from bitter experience — before you can change that password. you need to log in with the old password.  And guessing wrong is even less forgiving than iOS.  If I remember correctly, three wrong guesses means you have to change your password, getting you bogged down in Apple’s very security-conscious password reset process.

In other words, whoever changed the password had to know the old password.  Another explanation is that the person in question was in possession of the phone that might be used for password recovery.  There is something very rotten here.  This is not the end of this story.


About Tony Lima

Tony Lima has been working with technology, economic modeling, forecasting, and market research for 40 years. His background makes him uniquely qualified to navigate this varied landscape. Begin with his education: B.S. in chemical engineering from M.I.T. , M.B.A. from Harvard, Ph.D. in economics from Stanford. His day job was professor of economics at California State University, East Bay. He retired in 2016 to devote his time to consulting and writing. But he has found time to: write (eight books and over 100 articles ranging from wine economics to detailed analyses of meta-language code generators) consult with companies ranging from Microsoft to CEDEX keep his expertise up-to-date, constantly reading and sorting through the avalanche of information available daily maintain three blogs: Wine Research, Wine Economics, and Economic Policy Local policy analysis: Los Altos Politico.com

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