The controversy hits the tech world again, this time with Donald Trump and Apple. The US president tweeted that Apple is not contributing to US security by refusing to unlock criminal-owned iPhones.
“We help Apple all the time in TRADE and other ways, yet the company refuses to unlock mobile phones used by killers, dealers and other criminals. Apple has to improve and help our big country.”
These were Trump’s statements following a shooting by Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a member of the Saudi air forces. Alshamrani attacked a naval base in Pensacola in December and was killed during the attack that killed 3 US military personnel and wounded 8 others.
FBI can’t unlock iPhones without help from Apple
Currently, US authorities own both Alshamrani iPhones. However, the research body claims that they cannot fully access the devices without the support of Apple, which makes them.
In response, Apple has said it has provided all the help it can give the FBI. The point is that the FBI (and the US government in this case) wants Apple to come up with a way to unlock all iPhones and make it available to the authorities.
Although it made life easier for the authorities in these cases, creating a “passkey” to unlock iPhones would be highly insecure. Creating such a tool would go against privacy protection principles, the company claims.
On the other hand, the FBI may not be fully transparent in stating that it cannot unlock iPhones. There are companies and services that sell such technologies to governments. One is Cellebrite, an Israeli company that the FBI has allegedly turned to in the past.
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