The FBI are determined to break into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter (and ISIS member) Syed Rizwan Farook, and they’ve enlisted Apple CEO Tim Cook for help. The problem? Tim has refused! He has a compelling reason, though!
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that Apple would oppose a federal judge’s ruling to order the company to help the FBI break into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook — because the technology does not exist. Tim explained that he’s not attempting to defy the FBI for sinister reasons, but because their order is unprecedented. Click through for his explanation.
“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,” Cook said in a statement on Apple’s website. “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,” Tim continued. “In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.”
It’s an alarming prospect, and something Tim says the company is not taking lightly. There’s no precedent for this kind of order, and weakening encryption runs a dangerous risk of exposing all Apple customers’ data. “We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications,” he said. As it turns out, Apple is not alone in their belief; many Americans definitely agree with the company’s decision.
— Doug Lane (@thedouglane) February 17, 2016
Tim Cook has done a great job standing against the FBI. Trying to get into our phones? That's a breach of the 1st Amendment.
— GrantlovesP!nk! (@Grant_Vlogs) February 17, 2016
Tim Cook told the FBI, "no damn ma'am," and just cemented the loyalty of millions upon millions to Apple. ✊🏽
— Charles Wade (@akacharleswade) February 17, 2016
— Xavier Harding (@iamxavier) February 17, 2016
— Jason Jocson (@_jasonjocson) February 17, 2016
Sayed and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California in December 2015, a mass shooting at the county public health facility where Tashfeen worked. The couple died in a gunfight with police following their massacre; they proclaimed that they were martyrs for ISIS, though the terrorist group has stated that they did not order the attack. Police found the iPhone on the scene, but have been unable to crack it for data because they do not know the passcode.
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