Maricopa County Attorney's Office will no longer give the Apple iPhone to employees

Maricopa County Attorney's Office will no longer give the Apple iPhone to employees
Maricopa County in Arizona is the first official government agency to punish Apple for not unlocking the Apple iPhone 5c belonging to deceased terrorist Syed Farook. The Maricopa County Attorney's office sent out a press release on Wednesday stating that it would no longer provide the iPhone as an option to existing employees seeking a replacement phone. Additionally, employees with an upgrade will also be prohibited from using it to grab an iPhone.

The backlash from Apple's decision not to comply with a court order demanding that it unlock Farook's handset seems to ignore an important fact; by changing the Apple ID on the device, the government made it impossible for Apple to back up content to iCloud via Wi-Fi, which would have allowed the Tech Titan to give the government what it wants without requiring Apple to build a new version of iOS. Apple is afraid that if it builds a unique version of its mobile OS for the feds, it will get into the wrong hands. This would endanger the security of every iPhone owner in the world.

Of the 544 smartphones that are handed out to employees of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, 366 are Apple iPhone units. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said, "If Apple wants to be the official smartphone of terrorists and criminals, there will be a consequence."


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source: MaricopaCountyAttorney'sOffice via CNNMoney

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42 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1531; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Seriously? Like if a couple hundred unsold iPhones will hurt Apple. The US government is full of spit!

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

It's not about that. It's about apple not following the court order. Still this case is not that simple. Hopefully the victim gets justice.

14. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

The victims will not get justice. When someone kills a bunch of other people for no sensible reason and ends up dead in the process there is often no further justice to be had. Closure is up to the the people close to the victims. Just like it's up to people close to any victims of any senseless violence. Lets not play them into the complexities of cryptography and the governments wanting keys.

17. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Very well said @greyarea

31. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Much appreciated. As much as I'd like to play cool and pretend the thoughts all write themselves, there's often an internal struggle of scattered thinking and forgotten words that take some decent effort to translate. Glad it came out legible, wish it was less sad.

30. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Fine lets give terrorists and all criminals a nice platform to hide all their doings on. And when it hits hard near you, then the rest of us can lift our shoulders and say: Well he got his privacy...................

32. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

I think you know the chances of "it hitting near me" is going to leave your schadenfreude in limbo for a while. YOU might be terrified about your incredibly low chance of end up on the bad side of a terrorist but my fears are more rational. Not completely rational, a spider probably isn't going to kill me. Just more rational than 'I'm going to be in a shoot-out today' scared I don't think being blinded by emotion of losing a loved one should be necessary in order to see your point. But you're one of those dramatic people who pegs others as 'with us or against us'. Except "us" in this case people who don't understand complex technology but don't let it stop them from repeating the same emotionally charged simplified crap.

34. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I very well know the chances are small. But some are hit and I want to make sure we do everything we can to prevent it. Unlike you I care about people, even though I don't know them.

46. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Exactly. Silly example, but if everyone else is dead how valuable is your privacy then?

35. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

Well, but this is just the beginning. If I have an employee, I cannot give him or her an iPhone. He can encrypt the phone and sell my business behind my back. Too dangerous.

43. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

I'm not sure you need an encrypted phone to steal business. In either sense of the word. Clients, plans, recipes, papers, etc. I'm not sure what you mean. Isn't all the same possible with a personal phone? @robotic There's always more that you can do, often even then it will not be enough. Why do I have the feeling your universal caring of other people is more limited to victims of tragic events. Because I bet there are loads of people who could use some care for problems that might not hit as close to home to you. I wonder if you spend as much time thinking about them. Unlike you I don't assume to know.

40. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

As I keep saying just like if you or me or the fbi make a iOS ver, it will not work as Apple auths all software updates and can also turn them off as and when needed, so the software can leak out for years and cannot be installed, this is a joke of Apple own making Go and try and install io8.0.0 on a phone using io9.0.3 and get back to me Or even try and install 9.0.0. On a later iPhone ios9 ver, not going to work

41. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

The U.S. Government cannot force someone to make something that doesn't exist

42. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

As said in the document, if the government hadn't changed the Apple ID, they could have backed up the data to the cloud and accessed it that way. This is just to screw us people over.

9. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Full of spit? That's nothing compared to what will happen when Trump wins

18. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

What? You mean world war 3? I think that could be kind of fun actually :)

26. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

WW3 is already happening. Soon in a country near you

44. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Trumps personal finance depends a lot on tourism...that would only hurt him.

59. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Soon every sector will be ditching iPads and iPhones to be replaced. Shares should drop 20%. Good. Lmfao.

62. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Soon the government will banned all iPhones. Lmfao.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

good for them.. now their employee can get better phone, nice move

20. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Lol that was pretty good.

45. aleant36

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

*switches to windows* hahaha

63. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Replace the bad rotten terrorist fruit. And use Android and BB.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's pretty stupid of them but whatever Apple doesn't care about one Attorney's Office lol.

6. Arte9000v2

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

Because apple drinks and lives with money from iterrorist scumbags like rizwan farook , aLQAEDA and ISIS and yourself. meanwhile rizwan was laid to rest in murica!!!!!LOL

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Terrorist are bad, but security should be a tech companies to priority and with Apple it obviously is. If the feds weren't so stupid they would have all the info from the iPhone 5c already, it's not anyone's fault that terrorist exist but it is the feds fault that Apple can't give them what they want, they shouldn't have tried getting into the iPhone before asking Apple for help. They knew they couldn't get into the iPhone so why did they even bother.

52. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

More will follow

7. Unordinary unregistered

"Their encryption is too good so we can't go thru this drama again."

8. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Good for them, now I hope more will fallow.

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