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Apple Fights Order to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone



SAN FRANCISCO — Apple said on Wednesday that it would oppose and challenge a federal court order to help the F.B.I. unlock an iPhone used by one of the two attackers who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., in December.

On Tuesday, in a significant victory for the government, Magistrate JudgeSheri Pym of the Federal District Court for the District of Central Californiaordered Apple to bypass security functions on an iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who was killed by the police along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, after they attacked Mr. Farook’s co-workers at a holiday gathering.

Judge Pym ordered Apple to build special software that would essentially act as a skeleton key capable of unlocking the phone.

But hours later, in a statement by its chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, Apple announced its refusal to comply. The move sets up a legal showdown between the company, which says it is eager to protect the privacy of its customers, and the law enforcement authorities, who say that new encryption technologies hamper their ability to prevent and solve crime.

6 thoughts on “Apple Fights Order to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone

  1. This is BS….freeze their US assets until they comply!

  2. Oh yes, and then continue to buy Apple products. The most important thing is Apple profits.

  3. The perpetrators are dead. What privacy issues would be violated? This is an extreme case. The need to protect the public is larger than any rights an owner of a phone might have. At least that’s my opinion.

  4. With their budget, one would think that the FBI has the ability to crack into an iphone. Apple shouldnt have to do the work of the FBI, further eroding the privacy of citizens!.

  5. I am disappointed that Homeland Security is unable to crack it.

  6. Do you actually expect the FBI and Homeland Security to admit their capabilities publicly? Get real.

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