“Too Dangerous to Create”: Apple Defies FBI Order to Build Backdoor Software to Unlock Any iPhone

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The intelligence community is pressuring the tech world to help them break encryption systems and create a backdoor into privately held devices.

There is no limit to their prying eyes, or the powers they wish to hold over society. Of course, it is all to keep you safe.

In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has demanded that Apple create a software that would allow the agency to unlock the shooter’s iPhone.

After the shooter, it is then, of course, open sesame on all of society.

Apple has refused.

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In an open letter, Apple CEO Tim Cook has drawn the company’s line in the sand when it comes to federal intrusion of privacy. It reads in part:

We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them. But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.

Specifically, 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. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.

Two things about this statement are a tad on the unbelievable side. First of all, it’s surprising that Apple is taking such a public stance against helping the government spy on its citizens considering the Snowden leaks.

Second, how can Cook claim this software (or one like it) does not already exist today? The National Security Administration might beg to differ.

The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable…

The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.

The fact of the matter is, that no communication on these or any other commercial devices is truly secure or private, unless is encrypted, and the government agencies are not using keys to unlock the encryption.

Your personal (and sometimes very private) texts, phone calls and increasingly, important data stored on the phone – as well as passwords and payments – are all up for grabs.

As everyone should be aware by now, the extent of surveillance is near total, and the NSA and other groups can and do collect information from all Americans.

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  • doucyet

    Good for them but we’ll see how long that lasts. The FBI can be very “persuasive”. The don’t like being told to shove it……..very nicely of course!

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      If the FBI can’t hack into Apple’s systems, they’ll have to learn to follow the law. One has to wonder why we should trust our cybersecurity to a federal agency with the cyberskills of a senile centenarian.

  • Rayven Wrathchild

    This is nothing short of slavery or involuntary servitude. You cant force someone to make something for you- payment recieved or not.

    • roger

      unless one happens to be a baker or photographer and the customers happen to be a same-sex couple.

      • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

        The best way to deal with people like that is to make them regret having ever patronized the business that they coerced. If they merely got the worst product or service that the provider was capable of, and were willing to accept a freely offered refund, they’d get the message.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      It seems to work pretty well for the Pentagon, under the guise of patriotism.

  • Frank

    The FBI doesn’t really need what is on the iPhone of the terrorist, but they WANT to get into it for what it may contain – information about other conspirators, etc. What they really want is the ability to crack ALL iPhones, regardless of the type of investigation or “inquiry.” For Apple’s refusal to provide the service that the FBI is demanding, I support them. The FBI has not provided sufficient justification for Apple to develop and hand over a decryption tool that could undermine personal privacy “ad infinitum” (to infinity). The FBI can’t force Apple to develop such a tool, even if it were possible for Apple to do so. The FBI needs to revisit the age-old principles of police work, and start doing it – without pursuing the means to violate everybody’s 5th Amendment rights .

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      The FBI wasn’t created to do police work beyond forensics, and they should be constrained to their original remit at every opportunity.

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

    HEADLINE: Apple grows a backbone.

  • Razedbywolvs

    Tim Cook really didn’t seem to mined wean it benefited Apple.
    If you don’t have anything to hide Tim Cook….

  • Cajun Robear

    I have never agreed with anything this guy Cook has said, until now.
    Now I think I’ll go wash my brain out with a scotch and soda.

  • FJ

    Good for Apple?…..don’t think so as it is far too late………….. I had an iPhone that would turn itself on & actually operated to receive phonecalls when I took out the sim when I was sick of it microwaving me when I didn’t want it too. Seems there have been “special builds” put out for awhile now. Your tool to connect you to a world of opportunity is an active part of controlling more than you would ever desire in your “free” life on the planet. Come Messiah Come. Watchout for ” Cheap refurbishment deals” they have “special features”.