A federal judge has ordered Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to unlock and access your iPhone used by one of the two authors of the shooting December in San Bernardino (California), where they killed 14 people. Researchers believe that the iPhone contains information that may be crucial to the investigation. The company opposes the order, which defines “an unprecedented step” and considered “a threat to the security” of its customers.
According to the order issued by Judge Sheri Pym, Apple shall provide the FBI of “reasonable support” to enter the mobile device. Which essentially translates into “I hack” to disable the security system that eliminates phone data if the correct code is entered after several attempts.
If Apple manages to disable this feature, federal investigators can try as many combinations as necessary for personal security code iPhone without fear of data loss and when to give the correct access to the mobile and all the information it contains.
The technology giant says it has worked closely with the San Bernardino investigation of the case and has put its engineers available to the FBI. Apple, however, said that the request of the US government goes further. “We have asked something you just do not have and we consider too dangerous to create: to build a back door to the iPhone,” says the company in a statement. The company led by Tim Cook points out that the FBI wants Apple to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, bypassing several important features to install on the iPhone the alleged perpetrator of the shooting safety. “In the wrong hands, the software which does not exist today-has the potential to unlock any iPhone that are in physical possession of another person,” says Apple.
The phone was using Syed Farook, one of the authors of the massacre, although it is owned by his employer, administration San Bernardino County, which has already consented to the registration. The device was found by officers in the vehicle in which Farook, a US citizen, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, Pakistan, fleeing from the police when they were killed.
On December 2, Farook and Malik, suspected supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS for its acronym in English), attacked a center for disabled in San Bernardino, killed fourteen people and injured more than twenty in an attack that FBI investigators linked to Islamist extremism.