In the latest skirmish in the federal government’s war on privacy, Apple CEO Tim Cook is refusing to buckle to demands by the feds to unlock a cellphone that belonged to Syed Rizwan Farook. The company was hit with a court order after being non-compliant in assisting the FBI to break the encryption on the device used by Farook, the male member of the radical Islamist husband-wife tag team that opened fire on a holiday party in San Bernardino in December, killing 14. Apple’s move marks an escalation in the battle by the Obama regime to force Silicon Valley corporations to cave in on allowing the government access to the private communications of millions of law-abiding citizens in an ongoing effort to
fight terrorism crush political dissent.
As reported by tech news website Ars Technica “Tim Cook says Apple will fight US gov’t over court-ordered iPhone backdoor”:
Apple chief Tim Cook has attacked the recent court order that compels Apple to unlock and decrypt the San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone. “Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the US government,” says an open letter published by Cook early this morning.
Late yesterday, a federal judge in California ordered Apple to help the US government (the FBI) unlock and decrypt the iPhone 5C belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook, who shot up an office party in San Bernardino in December 2015.
In the past, Apple has helped extract data from iPhones when issued with an appropriate warrant. Since iOS 8, however, full encryption has been enabled by default—a move that was seemingly introduced specifically to prevent such data-grabs by governments. “Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” the company wrote on its website at the time. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”
Now, however, judge Sheri Pym has ordered Apple to introduce a backdoor to help the FBI unlock the iPhone—and, unsurprisingly, Tim Cook is not best pleased.
Cook’s “message to our customers” is quite impressively aggressive. It begins by explaining why we need encryption, moves onto a brief history of the San Bernardino case, and then explains exactly what the FBI actually wants from Apple.
Basically, right now there are measures in place to stop someone from picking up your iPhone and brute-forcing the code to unlock your phone. The FBI wants a backdoor that allows such a brute-force attack to take place. With direct passcode input through the iPhone’s Lightning port, and no additional delay between passcode attempts, cracking the code would be very easy.
Apple, for its part, opposes the court order. “We can find no precedent for an American company being forced to expose its customers to a greater risk of attack,” Cook writes. “We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country … While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products.”
Cook’s letter to Apple customers can be read here.
It is important to understand that nobody is saying NOT to go after the bad guys despite how the Obama regime and it’s media lapdogs try to spin it. This is an issue about big government power and the rights to privacy that Leviathan just cannot tolerate as we transition from what was once a free society towards a more overtly totalitarian model. Cracking encryption – or forcing corporations to install back doors into cellphones and devices – is critical to the preservation and expansion of the nascent fascist state. The camel’s nose is already well under the tent but the government won’t be satisfied until citizens have been stripped naked before it’s all-seeing eye.