BBC reported that Tech giant Apple articulates it will contest a court order to help FBI investigators access data on the phone belonging to one of San Bernardino shooters.
The company had been directed to support the FBI outwit security software on Farook’s iPhone, which the FBI said contained important information.
Apple Opposes Court Order to Hack iPhone
In a statement, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said:
“The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers.”
“We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”
Since September 2014, data on the recent Apple devices such as text messages and photographs have been encoded by default.
If a device is locked, the user’s passcode is essential to access the information. Entering an incorrect code 10 times will spontaneously delete the phone’s information, if this option has been enabled.
Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people in a December 2 shooting at a holiday luncheon for Farook’s co-workers. The couple later died in a gun battle with police.
The FBI directed Apple to firstly modify Farook’s iPhone so that investigators can make unlimited attempts at the passcode without the possibility of erasing the data. Secondly FBI wants Apple to help implement a technique to rapidly try different passcode combinations, to save tapping in each one manually.
Certain devices such as bank computers wipe themselves if you try to modify the software. But phones are usually not designed from security point of view.
“The FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation,”
Wrote Mr Cook.
“The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers. Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the US government.”
For the FBI, yet more hindrance over an issue it seems Apple’s experienced developers should be able to solve safely.
“We have no sympathy for terrorists,”
Said Mr Cook.
“We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country.”