Apple Fights Order to Unlock San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone

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Reuters

Apple computers  is opposing a court order to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, stating that the federal government has created an “overreach that could potentially breach the privacy of millions of customers,” reported nbcnews.

 Apple CEO Tim Cook published a public letter published Tuesday, February 16 warning that complying with the order by a magistrate judge in Riverside, Calif. would involve building “a backdoor to the iPhone” — “something we consider too dangerous to create,” stated CNN.com

The order does not  ask Apple to break the phone’s encryption but does ask the company to disable the feature that wipes the data on the phone after 10 incorrect tries at entering a password. “That way, the government can try to crack the password using ‘brute force’ — attempting tens of millions of combinations without risking the deletion of the data,” stated The Washington Post.

“We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good,” Cook wrote in a letter to his customers. “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,” Cook explained. “They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone,” reported cbsnews.