Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Tuesday that the company would oppose a federal judge’s ruling ordering the company to help investigators break into an iPhone belonging to San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook.
Cook, writing on the company’s website stated “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,”
Cook and Apple are resisting an order to help the FBI gain access to the suspect’s iPhone by giving “reasonable technical assistance.”
Cook continued in his letter, “Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession,”
Cook affirmed that “Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.”
The decision by Apple will be seen as a bold move to fight government intrusion by some and treasonous by others.
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