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San Bernardino Shootings: Apple Forced By Court To Assist Breaking Into An iPhone


In December last year, we witnessed one of the most brutal shootings in the state of California in several years.

The San Bernardino attacks were a tragic incident where 14 people lost their lives, and 22 were injured.

The attackers were taken down immediately by the police, and were both killed in an encounter at the spot.

It was a really tragic incident, and the police as well as the intelligence agencies have been working on the case since then.

The agencies, in their investigation have found that one of the terrorists had an iPhone 5c.

The intelligence agencies believe that if they gain access to the phone, they can attain a lot of information that might be useful in preventing attacks in the future.

However, this is in direct contrast with Apple’s policies which are pro-encryption and do not allow unauthorized access to their devices.

The company was first contacted by the agencies to help them break into the phone voluntarily. However, Apple denied their request at that point of time.

Following the denial from Apple, an US Court has now issued an order which requests Apple to provide the investigating agencies with a software which will prevent the phone from erasing all its data on multiple login failures.

This is one of the methods from Apple to secure the iPhone’s content, as it can get deactivated after multiple retires.

Apple has also said that it is practically impossible to ‘break into’ the iPhone as it runs the ultra-secure iOS9.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has issued an open letter, stating that what they might have to create can potentially be dangerous to billions of their users. Tim Cook wrote in an Open letter on the company’s website –

“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.

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.”

Apple has always been pro-encryption, and coming out with such a thing would be going against not only their own ethics, but also would be a major, major risk for all the Apple users.