Known for being outspoken and eternally optimistic, BlackBerry CEO John Chen?did not hold back when criticizing Apple.
At the latest BlackBerry Security Summit, Chen reportedly noted that ?the other fruit company” should have unlocked the Apple iPhone 5c used by the terrorist Syed Farook, who killed many people in?San Bernardino shooting in 2015.
According to?The Inquirer, Chen said: “One of our competitors, we call it ‘the other fruit company’, has an attitude that it doesn?t matter how much it might hurt society, they?re not going to help.”
He further added with genuine concern for security that: “I found that disturbing as a citizen. I think?BlackBerry, like any company, should have a basic civil responsibility. If the world is in danger, we should be able to help out.”
However, the BlackBerry CEO was quick to acknowledge that he is completely against the idea of the proposed U.S. legislation that forces OEMs to add a ?backdoor? on their devices. He clearly said this idea will fall flat.
Readers should however note that, in the past, Apple unlocked many suspected iPhones based on genuine requests from law enforcement officers. However, Farook’s case was quite different from the rest. His iPhone 5c?s password was reportedly changed by the city of San Bernardino and hence, the shooter?s handset required Apple to create a ?special version? of its iOS to unlock it. This is precisely why Apple refused to comply.
Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that “The U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.”
Cook?s legitimate concern was that, in case, Apple builds a special OS to unlock iPhones, there is a possibility of that version getting stolen, or leaked online. Thereby, it will put all the iPhone users across the world under grave risk. Personal data, classified information, you name it — hackers will be able to take them all away.
In any case, Farook’s iPhone was?successfully unlocked by a hacker. And FBI reportedly spent a huge sum of money to get this job done. Nevertheless, there was no useful information found in that unlocked handset.
Do you think the BlackBerry CEO has a point? Or, do you feel Apple CEO?s concerns are valid? Feel free to leave a comment.