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Apple has hit back after a US federal magistrate ordered the company to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, with chief executive Tim Cook describing the demand as “chilling”.

The court order focuses on Apple’s security feature that slows down anyone trying to use “brute force” to gain access to an iPhone by guessing its passcode. In a letter published on the company’s website, Cook responded saying Apple would oppose the order and calling for public debate.

“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,” he wrote.

Continue reading:  Apple challenges ‘chilling’ demand to decrypt San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

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5 thoughts on “Apple challenges ‘chilling’ demand to decrypt San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

    • Some background first. Investigations of the San Bernardino shooters found no linkage whatsoever to outside terrorist groups such as ISIS. All indications point towards this couple reacting violently to anti-Muslim sentiment directed at them by their coworkers. Yes, this couple had become radicalized in recent years from Islamic indoctrination; but, their despicable act appears to have been planned and committed by themselves alone.

      My views on the Apple case are profoundly anti-authoritarian. I read George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. All my life I’ve watched my government commit all manner of unethical and illegal acts, including brutal atrocities, in its disingenuous and hypocritical pursuit of “national security.” It has become “Big Brother,” and in its eyes the real enemy is the American people and ordinary people everywhere. After the Edward Snowden revelations, the U.S. intelligence community has no credibility. I distrust it completely.

      The federal magistrate’s order to Apple must be seen in this light. IMO, the U.S. government is using the San Bernardino incident as a ruse to attack its real target – the increasingly sophisticated encryption techniques and other personal security features offered by tech companies to cell phone customers. These protocols are making Big Brother’s mass surveillance operations more difficult. See: Apple’s Stance Highlights a More Confrontational Tech Industry

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