Cook says software being requested by court does not presently exist
Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 individuals on December 2nd during an event held by Malik's employer. The pair were killed after engaging the police in a shootout in the middle of a San Bernardino street. Law enforcement officials believe that there could be information inside Farook's iPhone 5c that could help them determine if the couple had any help in planning the attack, what other targets were being looked at, and where the pair visited prior to December 2nd. The feds are hopeful that other information could be inside the handset that could help them gather as much information as possible on the couple's connections.
Apple is being asked to provide software to circumvent the security system on the iPhone 5c in question, including the auto-erase feature that wipes the data and content from an iPhone if the passcode is incorrectly entered ten times. Cook, in a letter to Apple customers, wrote that such software does not presently exist. The executive added that he was concerned that if such software was built, it could end up in the wrong hands threatening the security of all iPhone users.
Cook added that Apple had turned over to law enforcement officials all "data that's in our possession," but he made it clear that Apple will not provide a backdoor for the iPhone.
You can read a PDF file containing the court order compelling Apple to assist in the search of Farook's rented Lexus, by clicking on the sourcelink.
source: Documentcloud (PDF), TechCrunch
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