Apple Says ‘No’ to Government Request for Backdoor iOS Access

Apple will oppose the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s court order demanding the company create a backdoor to the iPhone.

The order is part of an ongoing investigation regarding an act of terrorism in San Bernardino, California, in December—an order Apple CEO Tim Cook described as “an unprecedented step” that “threatens the security” of Apple’s customers.

While the government’s intentions may be good, Cook wrote, the order has “implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”

Using the All Writs Act of 1789 to “justify” the FBI’s “expansion of its authority,” the government is demanding Apple create a new operating system in which certain security measures are bypassed, and passcodes can be entered electronically—making it “easier to unlock an iPhone by ‘brute force,’ trying thousands or millions of combinations” at top speeds.

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