A department of the US State Department dedicated to diplomatic security has reportedly procured a $US15,000, Apple TV-sized device its manufacturers advertise as being able to break iPhone encryption in anywhere from two hours to three days.
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When the FBI asked Apple to create a backdoor into iOS in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, Tim Cook and co. basically told the government to piss off. The issue wasn't whether Apple wanted to help with the investigation - it did - but rather one of security. That's because if Apple created special methods of bypassing its own safety measures, the company argued it would be putting every iOS user at risk.