Whose side are they on? Apple refuses court order to unlock dead Islamic terrorist’s iPhone found after husband and wife’s San Bernardino attack

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 at 7:53 am

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says his company will fight a federal magistrate’s order to hack its users in connection with the investigation of the San Bernardino shootings, asserting that would undermine encryption by creating a backdoor that could potentially be used on other future devices.

Cook’s ferocious response, posted early Wednesday on the company’s website, came after an order from U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym that Apple Inc. help the Obama administration break into an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the shooters in the December attack.

The first-of-its-kind ruling was a significant victory for the Justice Department in a technology policy debate that pits digital privacy against national security interests.

Noting the order Tuesday from federal Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym in California, Cook said ‘this moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.’

Cook argued that the order ‘has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.’

Pym’s order to Apple to help the FBI hack into an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino, California shooters set the stage for a legal fight between the federal government and Silicon Valley over a first-of-its-kind ruling.

The order, in which Apple is being directed to assist the FBI in breaking into an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardo shooters, represents a significant victory for the Justice Department.

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5 Responses to “Whose side are they on? Apple refuses court order to unlock dead Islamic terrorist’s iPhone found after husband and wife’s San Bernardino attack”

  1. I mean on 17/17/16 at 9:32 am

    The highly partisan DoJ and its attack dog arm, the FBI, are far more dangerous to Americans (primarily conservatives) than Islamic Terrorists will ever be.

    I applaud Tim Cook for fighting this.

  2. Rob Crawford on 17/17/16 at 12:11 pm

    They’re not “refusing” — they’re not able to do it. They don’t have the keys or a back door. The judge is ordering them to perform an impossibility.

  3. Commodore 64 on 17/17/16 at 2:15 pm

    I thought apple was hack proof? I mean these tech saavy leftist anarchist hackers who hate all corporations can’t do without their apple products and don’t hate them like they do with microsoft

  4. I mean on 17/17/16 at 4:37 pm

    What they are asking Apple to do is to flash a BIOS update and change the firmware to enable the FBI to brute force the password without the firmware wiping the system (what, like with a cloth?!?). It’s supposedly feasible. It’s good that Apple is fighting the request even if it wouldn’t work.

  5. still meaner on 17/17/16 at 11:27 pm

    It is crapple CEO Cook paying back his BF buddy sobama.
    Plus the phone might reveal calls to and from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.