logo

Apple, Inc Vs. US Government. One more test

TAGS:     , , ,

THEME:   LIFE STYLE, NATION, WORLD

By Dan Bart | February 17, 2016 10:54 pm

Our privacy versus US security is at heart of Apple phone decrypt order

Most technology security experts, including many who have served in government, have said technical efforts to provide government access to encrypted devices inevitably degrades security for everyone. It is an argument that has been made since the 1990s, when the government tried and failed to force tech companies to incorporate a special chip into their products for surveillance purposes.

Apple, Inc Vs. US Government. One more test

Apple, Inc Vs. US Government. One more test

One more attempt. A court orders that Apple Inc help the U.S. government unlock the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.  This is looks to be a crucial test of how far the government can go in forcing technology companies to help security and intelligence investigations.

Law enforcement agencies have for years faced off against tech firms and privacy advocates over their ability to monitor digital communications, and the government to date has largely lost the battle.

The phone stopped sending backup information to the iCloud server on Oct. 19, 2015, according to the government’s motion, and the FBI believes that Farook may have disabled that function in order to hide evidence. Any communications or data linked to the shooting after Oct. 19 would be accessible only through the device, according to the motion.

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday ordered Apple to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to investigators seeking to read the data on an iPhone 5C that had been used by Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out the shootings. The judge isn’t trying to get Apple to remove the encryption on the device altogether; rather, it is trying to get Apple to create software that bypasses the limit on the number of passcode attempts you can enter before the device auto-wipes. That would let investigators gain access to the device by trying every possible combination.

In its “A Message to Our Customers” Apple Inc says “the United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.

This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.”

“The same engineers who built strong encryption into the iPhone to protect our users would, ironically, be ordered to weaken those protections and make our users less safe,” the letter continued, adding it could find “no precedent for an American company being forced to expose its customers to a greater risk of attack.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave his take on the standoff Wednesday,

“I agree 100% with the courts,” Trump said on “Fox and Friends.”

“I think security over all — we have to open it up, and we have to use our heads.”

 

top_banner PRINT THIS

Comments are closed.

  • PLACE YOUR LISTINGS
  • RED LIGHT CAMERAS

  • MTA UPDATES

  • rek1
  • rek2
  • OUR WRITERS

    SokSok
    Jan OvlandJan Ovland
    Ann TyllerAnn Tyller
    SisiBroadSisiBroad
    Dan BartDan Bart
    Serge KSerge K
  • RSS Top News

    • Erin Moran's Tragic Life After Happy Days: From TV Star to Living in a Trailer Park - PEOPLE.com April 23, 2017
      PEOPLE.comErin Moran's Tragic Life After Happy Days: From TV Star to Living in a Trailer ParkPEOPLE.comAfter appearing on the hit sitcom Happy Days and the spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, Erin Moran — who was found dead at age 56 on Saturday afternoon in Corydon, Indiana — seemed to have struggled with life outside of the […]
    • North Korea detains third US citizen - CBS News April 23, 2017
      CBS NewsNorth Korea detains third US citizenCBS NewsPYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing the number of Americans being held there to three. Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, according to ...North Korea Is Said to Detain Another US […]
    • It's White House Correspondents' dinner time. Why are the hacks running away? - Washington Examiner April 23, 2017
      Washington ExaminerIt's White House Correspondents' dinner time. Why are the hacks running away?Washington ExaminerMedia companies pulled out of the White House Correspondents' dinner over Trump, but things have been worse — not that they complained at the time. (Illustration by Bill Lesniewski for the Washington Examiner). For years, the routine has been the same.Trump to […]
    • Five fights for Trump's first year - The Hill April 23, 2017
      The HillFive fights for Trump's first yearThe HillCongress is facing a string of deadlines that set up a number of fights for the rest of President Trump's first year in office. Here are five of the biggest. Preventing a shutdown. When lawmakers return on Washington from a two-week recess, they'll ...History tells us that Republicans […]
    • France votes in presidential election after volatile campaign - CNN April 23, 2017
      CNNFrance votes in presidential election after volatile campaignCNNParis (CNN) France began voting for a new president Sunday, following a volatile campaign period that was overshadowed in its final days by a terror attack on police. Polls opened in the morning for France's 47 million registered voters under tightened ...The Latest: Hollande urges French to vote in […]
  • RSS NYC Latest News


  •