FBI Refuses to Let Apple in on Hacking Secret
In case you are not caught up, in 2015, two shooters gunned down 14 people in the southern Californian city of San Bernadino. During the investigation, the FBI discovered an iPhone 5C that was used by one of the perpetrators involved in the killings. Due to extensive security features Apple has put on its devices running iOS, the FBI was unable to unlock the device and view content that could be useful in determining possible motives of the shooters, their involvement in other crimes, andwhat specific organizations they were connected to. Because of these security features, the FBI asked Apple to build a backdoor into the device so its data forensics team could carry out a virtual investigation on the device. Apple refused to do such a thing with its main defense being that if the backdoor has to be created, then potential hackers or other groups could unlock anybody’s iPhone and collect sensitive information. After much debate and discussion over the ethics and security posed by Apple’s refusal to unlock the device, the FBI announced that, without Apple’s help, it unlocked the iPhone that belonged to the San Bernadino terrorist.
This announcement by the FBI raised plenty of eyebrows over at Apple. For one, Apple’s security features seem to not be completely guarded to any infiltration methods. With Apple disappointingly recording one of its worst quarters in years, and stock prices plummeting, it’s no wonder that its team is worried about the flaws in its security system.
Typically, because of this faltering pattern of steps, Apple asked the FBI for information on how they broke into the San Bernadino iPhone. In a monkey-see-monkey-do fashion, the FBI refused to give any of that information over to Apple. More debates have been sparked due to the government agency’s decision to not open up about the methods used to infiltrate the iPhone. Advocates for encryption and device security are especially up in arms because they wish for the information on their personal devices to remain secured by a reliable system. Due to this uproar by the community as well as worry about future company performance, Apple spokespeople have claimed that the methods used to breach the security features of the iPhone will not last too long because of progressive and ever-evolving security measures that the company takes with each new software iteration and patch.
For now, the legal battle continues to roar on between the two well-known organizations. While Apple and the FBI are both on the same page in stopping both physical and cyber crimes from occurring, the disconnect between the two parties concerning back doors, encryption, and device security measures does not seem to have an expiration date any time soon.