Researchers Find Flaw in Apple's iPhone Encryption

A group of Johns Hopkins University researchers has found a bug in Apple's vaunted encryption, one that would enable a skilled attacker to decrypt photos and videos sent as secure instant messages. This specific flaw in Apple’s iMessage platform probably would not have helped the FBI pull data from an iPhone recovered in December’s San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attack, but it shatters the notion that strong commercial encryption has left no opening for law enforcement and hackers, said Matthew D. Green, a computer science professor at Johns Hopkins University who led the research team.