According to Apple executives, the FBI missed the chance to gain access to Syed Farook?s iPhone 5c when it reset the password to the terrorist?s iCloud account shortly after they got their hands on the phone. This resulted in iCloud and the iPhone not recognizing each other, Ars Technica reported.
Apple has found itself in deep controversy after declining FBI?s request to make a software to break into the terrorist?s iPhone. Although Apple provided the FBI with access to Farook?s iCloud backups through mid-October, The FBI has been asking Apple to create a software to break into the locked iPhone so that they can access and investigate the sensitive data that must be stored inside the device.
To this request, Apple has shown considerable disapproval. Apple CEO Tim Cook explained the giant?s stand recently with a statement.
?We have no sympathy for terrorists?But now the government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create.?
Apple recently released a press statement, explaining its stand on the issue. Apparently, Apple is not sure about the usage of this new, altered version of iOS the government is asking them to create as it may be used in the future for other purposes threatening privacy of individuals.
?Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software ? which does not exist today ? would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone?s physical possession.?
?The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.?
Tim Cook?s strong stance opposing the Government is in view of customer security, privacy and liberty. The CEO highlighted the ?values? and ?freedoms? the government is meant to protect while talking about what security means to the American system.
?We are challenging the FBI?s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications. While we believe the FBI?s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.?
It remains to be seen if FBI can find a way to break into the terrorist?s phone and find the sensitive data it needs to further the investigation.