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UPDATE: Apple, Don’t Make Me Switch to Android

By Julie Fink
Posted On Mar 29, 2016
UPDATE: Apple, Don’t Make Me Switch to Android

March 29, 2016. UPDATE: The FBI has found a loophole, as ushe. Recently the Justice Department dropped its lawsuit against Apple as the FBI found a way to unlock the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone. According to TechCrunch, because of this new development, the Department of Justice is dropping the case with Apple. The mysterious third party who helped the government remains unidentified, and the government doesn’t have to disclose this alternative method, as ushe.

Apple has supplied the following statement to TechCrunch:

“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.

We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated.

Apple believes deeply that people in the United States and around the world deserve data protection, security and privacy. Sacrificing one for the other only puts people and countries at greater risk.

This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion.”

I’m thrilled that we are all getting a long here. One point for the FBI for not stampeding our civil liberties. One point for Apple for standing their ground… and they still got the terrorists passcode. Team work makes the dream work!

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Feb 22, 2016. The 90 million plus iPhone users are turning to Apple CEO Tim Cook for a firm stance on a recent federal court order. Cook has adamantly opposed the U.S. government’s attempts to hack a terrorist’s phone which violates Apple’s privacy policy.

“The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers,” Cook writes in an open letter explaining the company’s stance on Apple’s website. “We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”

A U.S. federal judge has ordered Apple to unlock the phone used by one of the deceased shooters, in the December San Bernardino, CA attacks that killed 14 people. Families of the victims of the victims are chastising Apple for refusing the federal order to hack into the phone of the dead terrorist. This puts the worlds largest tech company in a predicament.

Tim-Cook
Tim Cook succeeded Steve Job as Apple chief executive in August 2015.

So this is what I call the ‘Apple Pickle’ and it looks like this…

The Justice Department secured a search warrant for the phone >
BUT the data permanently wipes out after 10 failed login attempts >
Apple was ordered to offer reasonable technical assistance that would allow investigators to bypass the auto-erasing safety feature >
In order to do this, Apple would have to hand over the keys used to keep the data secure >
This would ultimately comprise the privacy and secure of all iPhone users.

Cook says that up until now, the company has “done everything that is both within our power and within the law” to aid government agencies in this investigation. “But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create,” Cook says. “They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.”

In Apple’s open letter to the public, ‘A Message to Our Customers’, Cook says, “In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.”

“The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.”

In a nutshell: They build a backdoor to the iPhone to override the auto-erase and gain access to encrypted dada > It leaks > Over 90 million people’s bank accounts are hacked > Armageddon. 

Cook is backed by his fellow tech moguls at Google and others for his opposition. Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, has voiced his support for Cook on Twitter stating: ‘Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy. What’s App founder Jan Koun also saying he couldn’t agree more with their stance.  

Meanwhile, Mandy Pifer who lost her fiancé Shannan Johnson in the terrorist shooting points out: “I feel like now there are a whole bunch of terrorists running out and buying iPhones, like the little ‘I’ in iPhone should be for ISIS.”

She does have a point. I think the Apple Pickle has just turned into a Global Pickle.