FBI request puts everyone at risk – Apple

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The Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at Apple, Craig Federighi has fired the latest salvo in Apple’s ongoing fracas with the FBI, saying the latter’s request for a “back door” into iPhones puts the public at risk.

Apple and the FBI are currently embroiled in a battle which sees the tech manufacturer refusing to create tool that would allow the FBI into an iPhone 5C that belonged to a terrorist responsible for the San Bernadino massacre in December 2015.

Member of the house of representatives, Robert Goodlatte echoed Apple’s sentiments last week when he said, “It won’t be a one-time request. It’ll set precedent for other requests from the FBI and any other law enforcement”.

The request, according to the Federighi, fails to  consider the skills and innovative abilities of cyber criminals.

“Great software has seemingly limitless potential to solve human problems — and it can spread around the world in the blink of an eye. Malicious code moves just as quickly,” Federighi said in an op-ed on The Washington Post.

The Apple VP goes on to say that once the manufacturer puts a backdoor into its phones for the FBI to use, the weakness is also there for cyber criminals to exploit.

While the FBI believes that iOS 7 was as secure as an operating system should be, Federighi has said that today the software is a joke.

“The security of iOS 7, while cutting-edge at the time, has since been breached by hackers,” he said.

The fact is that online security is an ever changing beast and cyber criminals are constantly finding new ways to ruin your day. Hot on their heels however are companies like Apple who try to make sure that you are safe, even when the FBI is knocking down the door.

“To slow our pace, or reverse our progress, puts everyone at risk,” Federighi concluded.

[Via – Washington Post] [Image – CC BY/2.0 John Mitchell]


Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.