When you have to have physical access to the device and for it to be unlocked, it's not really a bomb is it?
Security expert rejects Apple, NSA, iOS backdoor claims « ComputerWorld
The Apple backdoor that wasn't « ZDNet
Security researcher/hacker Jonathan Zdziarski (aka. "NerveGas") made the claims at the HOPE/X hacker conference, saying these "undocumented" services could be used by law enforcement. Typically, his story quickly became a cause célèbre among those who seek to damage Apple's robust reputation for security.
Apple swiftly rejected Zdziarski's accusations, pointing out that end users are in complete control of the claimed hacking process -- the person owning the device must have unlocked it and "agreed to trust another computer before the computer is able" to access the diagnostic data the claimed NerveGas attack focuses on.
In other words the NerveGas attack is a non-story. It's hot air.
Last weekend, a hacker who's been campaigning to make a point about Apple security by playing fast and loose with the now widely-accepted definition of "backdoor" struck gold when journalists didn't do their homework and erroneously reported a diagnostic mechanism as a nefarious, malfeasant, secret opening to their private data.
Speaking at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York, Jonathan Zdziarski said that Apple’s iOS contains intentionally created access that could be used by governments to spy on iPhone and iPad users to access a user's address book, photos, voicemail and any accounts configured on the device.
As he has been doing since the Snowden documents started making headlines last year, Mr. Zdziarski re-cast Apple's developer diagnostics kit in a new narrative, turning a tool that could probably gain from better user security implementation into a sinister "backdoor."
The "Apple installed backdoors on millions of devices" story is still making headlines, despite the fact that respected security researchers started debunking researcher Jonathan Zdziarski's claims the minute people started tweeting about his HopeX talk on Sunday.
Regardless of the problems with Mr. Zdziarski's sermon, the (incorrect) assertion that Apple installed backdoors for law enforcement access was breathlessly reported this week by The Guardian, Forbes, Times of India, The Register, Ars Technica, MacRumors, Cult of Mac, Apple Insider, InformationWeek, Read Write Web, Daily Mail and many more (including ZDNet).
People were told to essentially freak out over iPhones allowing people who know the passcode and pairing information to use the device.