Escalation: U.S. files motion demanding that Apple unlock Farook's iPhone 5c

Escalation: U.S. files motion demanding that Apple unlock Farook's iPhone 5c
You didn't think that the U.S. government was going to let Apple defy a court order and just drop the matter, did you? ABC News reports this afternoon that the Justice Department is pressing a federal judge to compel Apple to help the FBI unlock the Apple iPhone 5c belonging to Syed Farook.

The terrorist and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people inside a San Bernardino office building on December 2nd. Both were killed in a hail of police bullets during a shootout on the streets of the city the very same day.

Apple has refused to comply with a court order forcing it to unlock Farook's iPhone 5c even though Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the software to do this does not exist. Essentially, the court order is requesting that Apple build a new version of iOS that allows it to unlock an iPhone and decipher certain encrypted information. The feds have asked Apple to specifically remove the handset's Auto-Erase feature; this safeguard automatically wipes data off of an iPhone after ten incorrect passcode entries. Cook's fear is that if such software were to get into the wrong hands, everyone with an iPhone could be affected, which could give the Apple brand a black eye.

While some have pointed to news reports indicating that since 2008, Apple has helped the feds by unlocking the iPhone at least 70 times, those phones were running iOS 7. In iOS 8 and later, Apple made a change to the operating system which prevents it from unlocking iPhone models.

In a new filing handed into the court today, federal prosecutors wrote, "Rather than assist the effort to fully investigate a deadly terrorist attack by obeying this court's [previous order], Apple has responded by publicly repudiating that order."  Again, it is important to note that there is no proof that Farrok's iPhone contains any of the information that the government is seeking. That includes possible accomplices, future targets of terrorists, and other information that might explain the actions of the married couple on that fateful day.

source: ABCNews

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89 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I think apple should unlock it for them.. This could bring down more terrorist , or would be ones. Js

9. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Might have misunderstood you if you meant it as a Joke, but here's the problem If Apple has a way to do this that, that means your passwords and such are NOT secure, the whole security aspect of the device goes right outside the window. What good is encryption if the key for it isn't secure? And Apple has a big problem here compared to android, android can be modified in so many ways, various different encryption methods that the users themselves can pick and chose from. This is not really something you can do on Apple since it defaults to iCloud, sure if the user has the foresight they can forgo iCloud for other options but yeah.. Apple unlocking the phone could very well be a deadly blow to them.

32. FluffyBled unregistered

You sure have the right priorities man! If Apple has a way to do it, then they should definitely do it. If they don't (which I hope is(not) the case), there's "nothing to worry about"!

90. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Don't know about my priorities, but yeah, if they create a method to do so, for future updates of iOS they are creating a security hole, if there already exists such specifically to allow access, well yeah, this is something that could cripple Apple. Should they do it? I honestly don't know, because it again comes back to 'can' they do it. Its going to be an interesting case.

34. engineer-1701d unregistered

no it means the company that made the software by gov force can make a system using how they built it to unlock the 1 phone not all.

55. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its not like they never unlock any iPhone before this, lol

71. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

It's not like all iphones/ios builds are the same, lol. They unlocked pre ios8 phones. Sorry, it's just not as simple as you'd you like.

74. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

Does Apple get funds from terrorists organisation, that it is so reluctant to allow Fed to investigate an convicted Terrorists. No wonder most terrorists now days use Apple devices along with Sat phones. Moreover what the whole fuss about privacy, are people talking against constitution, one's own country that their fear their secrets will be, if not the laws already provide enough security to person's privacy. Apple promotes Terrorism

80. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Apple doesn't need/want any money related to terrorism. That accusation alone discredits anything you say. Maybe I need to specify that I have no allegiance to apple, have not owned an apple device since my first computer 20 years ago. In fact one of the reasons I dislike apple is the same reason you accusation is ridiculous. They are one of the top valued brands in the world. They're so huge and have so much capital why would they ever knowing accept money from "terrorists organization". You promote short sighted thinking.

86. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

Because if they compromise on current security demand of Fed, they would certainly piss off certain would be Terrorists(mind you that's a big number). So it it's true Apple don't get direct funds from terrorists but Terrorists are their potential customers which brings money to them.

88. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Yes I totally agree with you. Maybe those people should join ISIS or Al qaida.....

27. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

bring down who? most terrorist most likely use burners.... you can buy stuff to make bombs in walmart, you can buy guns off of craigslist, Anyone that had ties to him knows the FBI is looking for him so you know they already cut all their ties with him What in the world is it going to solve?

35. engineer-1701d unregistered

yes just the outgoing info stored in the phone like pics and sms will still be in, they track it back to who had that number your have photo from mva and all other info now you get the rest of them and any others thinking they can attack us without consequences

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And then risk Apple being a target? Risk stores being bombed? Risk other Americans more harm? Risk of the US using such a tool on EVERYONE? NO!...JUST NO!

95. dirtydirty00

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

I agree!!! If they do this then the US govt might make a day every year that everyone has to bring their phones to a place and get unlocked so they can see everything we do!!!! Or they might sneak around following us and if we leave the phone somewhere by mistake they will snatch it and spy on us! They might see pictures of food I ate the last few nights or some selfies! Or worst yet maybe some snap chats that I screen shotted!!!!!!!!

53. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Apple has suggested at lest 4 different ways to get the information without creating a back door, the FBI has refused these alternatives, they want a "master key" for iOS.. As now we learn that the Apple ID on the iPhone was changed 24 hours after the government took contorl of the iPhone.. This is all bulls**t.. This is the FBI using this iPhone as a excuse to attack and force apple to create a back door to iOS.

67. sissy246

Posts: 7027; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

On they dont. They have even said that Apple can unlock the phone for them and show them what is on it . They don't even want to know how apple does it. Apple can keep that to their self.

83. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I'd rather deal with radical terrorism than state oppression. Or do you really think that such intrusion will stop at so called terrorists? BTW, according to the DHS, environmental activists and libertarians are considered terrorists. How long do you think it'll take until the state decides that you fill them with terror?

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2541; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I *really* hope that Apple sticks to their guns here as much as they are able to. I also hope that more tech companies speak up against this demand.

19. eden555

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

well they wont win in the end either way

21. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

If they won, and Apple unlocked the phone, if they can, it would pretty much be the death blow for Apple, proving they have a way around security would pretty much destroy all their effort towards privacy ever since the whole handing out your info thing they did a bit back.

39. jellmoo

Posts: 2541; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

No. All that would prove is that Apple is able to create a backdoor to software that they themselves created. Not exactly the same thing.

61. cncrim

Posts: 1583; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I don't believed Apple dont have back door on their own software they created, there is no such perfect system, period. The only perfect system is no one have found one yet.

65. cncrim

Posts: 1583; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

China watch this case very very close, as soon as Apple crack China government will ask Apple do the same.

60. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

No one's gonna help this pos patent troll bullies coward company. Apple as a company deserves to rip.

96. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I've hated Apple for a long time for many reasons but I fully stand behind them in this case and DO expect other companies to back them.

75. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

Does Apple get funds from terrorists organisation, that it is so reluctant to allow Fed to investigate an convicted Terrorists. No wonder most terrorists now days use Apple devices along with Sat phones. Moreover what the whole fuss about privacy, are people talking against constitution, one's own country that their fear their secrets will be, if not the laws already provide enough security to person's privacy. Apple promotes Terrorism

76. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

May be you will say the same when some innocent terrorists blows up your house and Apple refuses to help in investigation

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's DEMAND btw.

4. Joosty

Posts: 468; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

s**t just got real. Lol.

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