Apple Says No To FBI; Makes Hacking Into iPhones Impossible
Apple is on a mission to develop robust security measures for its locked iPhones that’s hard to break even by its own security engineers. The method used for designing the security code is so strong that even the government, particularly the FBI, cannot break into a locked iPhone unless Apple develops new software for it.Advertisement
Apple made it clear to the American government that it doesn’t want to be in the hacking business and so it would not comply with the court order of invading the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The Cupertino firm feels trying to break into an iPhone would set an alarming legal precedent to the privacy of millions of iPhone owners.
In this regard, Apple attorney, Mark Zwillinger wrote in a published statement, “This is not a case about one isolated iPhone. Rather, this case is about the Department of Justice and the FBI seeking through the courts a dangerous power that Congress and the American people have withheld: the ability to force companies like Apple to undermine the basic security and privacy interests of hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe,” reports Wired.
In a fall out with the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI), Apple made it clear that if government agencies want to access an iPhone, it would trigger legal battles between the FBI and the Cupertino firm. The only way out would be viable technical fixes by Apple.
The FBI is trying to access the iPhone of Syed Farook, who intimidated the US nation by gunning down 14 people with his wife at California in December. According to the FBI, a lot about the terrorist can be learned if his phone is hacked. And this can only be done by Apple if the company updates the phone with new software and disrupts security codes.
Although the court fight between Apple and FBI has reached its peak, Apple denies to oblige. Apple CEO Tim Cook feels that unlocking the shooter’s iPhone would not be the right thing to do for the nation. He further added that the software is equivalent to cancer and it cannot be handed to the government. To find a solution, Mr. Cook will talk to President Obama and get the dispute settled, reports IBTimes.
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