San Bernardino survivor's husband sides with Apple in amicus brief

San Bernardino survivor's husband sides with Apple in amicus brief
Salihin Kondoker, the husband of a survivor of the San Bernardino terror attack, has filed an amicus brief with a California court. The brief, in favor of Apple, says that it is unlikely that the Apple iPhone 5c used by deceased terrorist Sayed Farrok contains any useful information. Kondoker bases this on his wife's personal experience.

Like Farook, Kondoker's wife worked for the San Bernardino County Health Department and like the terrorist, she received an Apple iPhone 5c from the Health Department to use for work. She never used her work-provided iPhone for personal conversations or to hold personal data. Thus, her husband believes that Farook wouldn't have kept information on the device that would be related to his life as a terrorist.

Apple is being asked by the government to unlock the phone using a unique OS that is required to pull out content inside the handset. Apple fears that by producing this so-called GovtOS, the software could fall into the wrong hands, compromising the security of every iPhone user in the world. Apple also fears that the government is looking beyond a single iPhone.

Even though his wife is a survivor of the attack, Salihin says that Apple should hold firm. "When I first learned Apple was opposing the order I was frustrated that it would be yet another roadblock. But as I read more about their case, I have come to understand their fight is for something much bigger than one phone," he said.


Apple got some good news on Monday when a Magistrate in Brooklyn ruled that the DOJ could not issue a court order forcing Apple to open an iPhone belonging to a drug dealer. That ruling though, was narrowly based as the Magistrate rejected the government's use of a federal statute called the All Writs Act as a way to force Apple to unlock the phone.

Other San Bernardino victims and their families are planning on filing an amicus brief with the court on behalf of the government. Besides the filing by Kondoker, Apple is expected to receive such briefs from other tech firms like Google, Facebook and Microsoft.


source: AppleInsider

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26 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Good to know that their are some people who don't just jump behind what seem to be the right thing and acually does a little research before deciding who to back in a case like this. Good s**t Mr.Salihin Kondoker.

10. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 104; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

Well, his wife survived. And he must have certainly accepted the offer from Apple, why wouldn't he back them up. At least he can still see his wife, chat with her and centralized her etc. What about those who can't see their love ones. People have to stop being too self centered. IF the phone has got no information, why is Apple refusing to unlock it? Who knows, this man may have help the terrorist in one way or other.

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Whatever man, if my wifi was killed i'd still side with Apple in this case. Don't get me wrong I'm against terrorism as much as anyone but the FBI is asking to much of Apple this time around.

16. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Probably you mean your "wife" was dead not "wifi" ;)

20. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

HAHA That's funny, I said wifi lol cut me a break it 6am.

19. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

How ironic, that Apple under the table helps fund these organisations. Because Apple are very greedy for money.

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They don't help fund the FBI. It would be ironic if they did, In which case they could say to the FBI we will cut out funding to you if you don't stop pursuing this case about unlocking the iPhone 5c.

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL wifi, I meant WIFE*** obviously.

11. night_elf

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

You guys actually buy this? Everyone know from the Snowden documents that even when Apple (read also Facebook, Mircosoft, Google, etc.) help the FBI (read also NSA, etc.) they have act like they dont do this. This is just an other masterpiece lie to change public opinion that this devices are actualy secure.

12. night_elf

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

BTW, they dont have actualy give them the permmision to unlock, just give them the SHSH Blobs to downgrade to 6.1 and use this:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Flaw-in-iOS-6.1-lets-you-bypass-the-passcode-lock_id39753

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

To downgrade would require an update and you can't update an iPhone without first unlocking it.

14. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I buy the fact that I don't want the FBI digging around in my phone without me knowing because they got apple to create them a custom ios that allows them to. I could care less if Apple,Facebook,Google etc help the FBI, infact i'd say its a good thing, if it can help catch a criminal but in this case I am against them helping because it risk the privacy and personal info of all iPhone users and that's unacceptable, especially when the phone in said case probably doesn't have anything helpful on it.

31. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

"Probably doesn't have anything helpful in it" And how would you know that? Or anyone else in That fact

32. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Why would a terrorist leave anything useful on their company provide handset that they know is monitored and tracked? Just doesn't seem likely that the iPhone 5c would have anything helpful on it at all.

2. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I agree!

9. Aploine

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Me too. County's employees knew that they tracked phone's communications all the time through GPS, iCloud and carrier account. So what are the odds even for the stupidest expendable terrorist to use it for anything else other than work?

18. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I don't.

28. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Of, course coz you're an a-hol! Everybody knows you've been speaheading and caterwauling fo Apple's downfall while you munch on your friend chicken and biscuits at your mom's basement.

17. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Very hard to belive this! Apple has bribed her. Apple is well known at doing this to everyone. They bully carriers, they also easily get patents granted, which does not belong to them. His wife is one of them lowlife people that will do anything for money.

30. JoeAllen

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 02, 2016

Here are some practical ideas for the FBI:  •Don’t let avowed TERRORISTS into the USA in the first place ... !!!! •Don’t give TERRORISTS free iPhones ... !!!!

29. JoeAllen

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 02, 2016

Here are some practical ideas for the FBI:  •Don’t let avowed TERRORISTS into the USA in the first place ... !!!! •Don’t give TERRORISTS free iPhones ... !!!!

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