In recent times we talk about security of mobile devices and the fact that government authorities are or are not allowed to access them for their investigations. According to the director of the FBI (the investigating body we all know) James Comey, however, it does not seem as easy to “pierce” the smartphones.
Over the last few months, there have been many controversy following the revelations made by Wikileaks (we have also talked about it) that the CIA would be able to spy and hack smartphones and other devices and it would do it for years.
However, FBI director James Comey has issued a statement that almost seems like a “request for help”: he argues that in the first half of the fiscal year his agency was “unable to access the contents of more Of 3000 mobile devices using appropriate technical tools, despite the legal authority to do so. “
Comey continues by specifying that it is about half of those analyzed during this period. We have no idea how many of these were smartphones or Android devices, although we imagine those left behind with security updates and distributions (according to recent Android distribution data 1% still uses Gingerbread) are not a big obstacle.
Probably the director’s statements sound like a demand for more resources to do better in that direction, but maybe they’re a bit ‘reassuring those who are most concerned about their privacy. Comey would still continue to push to get the famous backdoor directly from manufacturers such as Apple and Google.