The debate over encryption, backdoors, privacy and security is getting heated up with every passing day, and while it looked like things had finally slowed down there, it looks like it will heat up again after a US Court has passed a decision asking Apple to assist them in breaking into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.
The attack on San Bernardino was carried out by a couple, Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook, who gunned down 14 people to death and injured 22 others on the 2nd of December last year. Both the attackers had been killed in the police firings, and now, a court has ordered Apple to help the FBI with the investigation process, by assisting them in getting access to the iPhone 5c of the attacker, Farook.
Apple was earlier asked of the assistance, but they had declined to do so voluntarily. It was after that, that the judgment had to be passed by a court of law. “Apple has the exclusive technical means which would assist the government in completing its search, but has declined to provide that assistance voluntarily,” prosecutors said.
“Despite … a warrant authorizing the search,” commented the prosecutors, “the government has been unable to complete the search because it cannot access the iPhone’s encrypted content. Apple has the exclusive technical means which would assist the government in completing its search, but has declined to provide that assistance voluntarily.”
On several past occasions, the company has declared that they cannot assist to ‘break into’ the devices that run iOS8 or iOS9 versions of their Operating Systems as they are ‘unbreakable’. However, the company has been asked to provide the investigating authorities with an exclusive software which will prevent the wiping out of data upon multiple attempts of entering a wrong password.
Apple is yet to comment on the decision.