FBI orders Apple!!!
FBI started investigating counter terrorism and announces the following after finding two major mass shooters involved in serious assault. FBI says further “We still have one of those phones that we haven’t been able to open” “It is been over two months now and we still working on it”.
FBI director identifies that Apple’s Encryption Measures, which would disable the shooter’s iPhone temporarily and remove the user’s data off of the device if an incorrect passcode is entered too many times. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym of U.S. District Court in Los Angele orders that Apple must provide “reasonable technical assistance” to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in their efforts to break into Farook’s iPhone 5C.
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Apple proved that it’s a Tech Monster!!!
Tim cook, CEO of Apple, states that apple will challenge the court’s order and explain to customers the company’s reason for doing so.
He says “They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone…,” Cook observes. “The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers — including tens of millions of American citizens — from sophisticated hackers and cyber criminals. The same engineers who built strong encryption into the iPhone to protect our users would, ironically, be ordered to weaken those protections and make our users less safe.”
FBI Finds a Source to break the passcode
Earlier Feb’16, confirms that it cooperated with the country of San Bernardino to reset the iCloud account password associated with the shooter’s iPhone 5C shortly after it finalizes its investigation into the mass shooting.
FBI announced the following “Since the iPhone 5C was locked when investigators seized it during the lawful search on December 3rd, a logical next step was to obtain access to iCloud backups for the phone in order to obtain evidence related to the investigation in the days following the attack,” the statement reads.
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“The FBI worked with San Bernardino County to reset the iCloud password on December 6th, as the county owned the account and was able to reset the password in order to provide immediate access to the iCloud backup data. The reset of the iCloud account password does not impact Apple’s ability to assist with the the court order under the All Writs Act.”
What a Twist!!!
In March’16 FBI says it no longer requires Apple’s assistance. It says “The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc. mandated by Court’s Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016,” reads a Status Report filed by the U.S. government on Monday.
“Accordingly, the government hereby requests that the Order Compelling Apple Inc. to Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016 be vacated” Apple demands to US Government to share the details of its method with the Tech Giant so that it can verify IPhone users’ security.
The company also reiterates its dedication to furthering the conversation on people’s “civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy.”
“Apple and FBI are not at odds. They both want the same thing–a legal precedent on the value of our digital data.”
This doesn’t mean they have to agree on the precedent. Apple and the FBI are on opposite sides of the debate. They aspire to achieve different goals when it comes to our data’s protection.
With that in mind, the direction towards which this controversy shifts will likely have far-reaching consequences for the protection of our information and for our rights as users and citizens.
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