- Jan 23, 2017
You've touched on something that I find to be terrifying.The problem with this is they do not have a monopoly on this information. If they know of a exploit/bug there is a pretty good chance someone else does too. By not telling Apple and fixing the exploit they might be able to get what they want but they are also putting everyone else at risk as well.
Many intelligence agencies have multiple roles that are often in direct conflict with each other. For example, advising other governmental agencies (or civilian companies/individuals) on safeguarding data (or closing discovered vulnerabilities) may be one, where as performing cryptoanalytical work to enabling spying may be another, and exploitive success could give rise to the very tools or knowledge used to undermine the safeguarding of such data, ultimately putting the very people at risk that the goal(s) aimed to protect.
How can such internal conflict ever be resolved?!