Apple's refusal to help the FBI "Hack" into an iPhone

##Apple fight over encryption

Earlier this week, Apple was given an unprecedented court order to create custom firmware for the iPhone 5C that was used by Syed Rizwan Farook. That new firmware would remove a possible automatic wipe feature on the phone if a passcode is incorrectly entered 10 times and would remove a delay between passcode attempts intended to make brute-force entry more difficult. If Apple does comply, it would allow the government to enter PIN codes in rapid succession until it gained access to the phone. Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly said it will resist this attempt, calling it a significant “overreach.” A court hearing has been scheduled for March 22, 2016, in nearby Riverside, California. - Arstechnica

The news has been a buzz over the last couple of weeks regarding Apple’s refusal to help the FBI “Hack” into an iPhone and the story keeps taking more peculiar turns every day.

The latest in this case involving Apple, The FBI and county officials, suggests that Apple attempted to aid the FBI in their investigation. Obviously without writing custom firmware to provide “back-door” access to iPhones. However, in a shocking twist Apple is accusing the county officials of changing the iPhone’s password, which would result in the phone no longer being able to connect to iCloud and perform a nightly backup.

If this was not the case Apple would have been able to access the iCloud backup without having to break into or help create back door access into the actual phone itself. With a legal court order, Apple can and does turn over iCloud data.

However, more interestingly San Bernardino County has now released this tweet:

The County was working cooperatively with the FBI when it reset the iCloud password at the FBI's request.

— CountyWire (@CountyWire) February 20, 2016

This has raised questions as to the legitimacy behind the request by the FBI to Apple to provide back-door access to an iPhone. Something the US government and its varying agency have been attempting to get Apple and other tech companies to provide, for many years. What’s important about this backdoor request is like previous spying scandals by the US government there would be minimal oversight to the accessing of such back-doors and like Prism there will be no requirement for a legal court order to use such a back-door to access an Apple device.

Once again cartoons do a great job to describe the issues at hand:

So what’s your take on the Apple vs FBI drama, frankly I’m pretty happy that Apple is taking such a strong stance against the US government trying to force them to provide a complete back-door into their devices and honestly once again the US government proves it can’t be trusted by the rest of the world!

PS: Thursday night’s episode of The Blacklist Season 3 Episode 15 “Drexel” demonstrated quite brilliantly, what happens when US (NSA) spying software leaks to even less savory people:

…the task force concludes that Drexel has been using stolen NSA technology to hack into personal computers and access their webcams. However, the truth is even more terrifying!

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