Apple refuses judge’s order to tap into iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist; taking a stand or helping jihad?

A federal judge has directed Apple to break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists but the computer giant is fighting the order.

“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,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a statement on the company’s website.

Cook said the company has cooperated as much as possible with the FBI since the deadly terror attacks last December.

“We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them,” the statement read. “But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.”

The ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym forces Apple to create software the FBI can load onto the phone which would get rid of the phone’s “self-destruct feature” that erases all the phone’s data after too many failed passwords have been used.

“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,” Cook said.

Opinions from the public varied.

Carmine Sabia


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