Apple Opposes Court Orders To Hack iPhone
Apple denied to carry out the task which is likely to put security of its customers in jeopardy.
Last Tuesday, Apple had to welcome one of the most important legal fights in its long business span. The company was subpoenaed by the US district court to break the security protections of one of the San Bernardino attacks terrorists’ iPhone 5C. Although the call of the law enforcement agency is of high gravity, the inherent dangers attached in executing the said command are far too dangerous.
In simpler terms, the government asked the tech company to develop software that can easily “hack” the Apple’s subject device. Tim Cook has maintained a firm stance that once the software has been created and a hacker has adopted it, millions of devices will be jeopardized.
It is not the first time Apple has been required to help the law enforcement agencies in some criminal case. In fact, it has the policy to assist the government against any court order. It has also earlier assisted the government in numerous such cases and provided assistance to the government in the San Bernardino case to the point it was safe and secure.
The CEO had earlier pressed the point that many personal data is stored in any consumer’s handset. The handset’s “locked screen” enables great protection against the theft. So, a software tailored for hacking can harm the sensitive data of the users across the globe. This was also the sole reason why iOS 8 had stronger encryption.
Considering the gravity of the threats which hacking software might have, the FBI has proposed a system that has number of protections to make sure that no one else could use the passcode hack. Before any device could accept the passcode, Apple will have to sign an automatic firmware update. Also, for an individual phone, the proposed update of the FBI will be coded. The software would not install unless the serial number in the code matches with the phone.
Moreover, the proposed system is exclusively for the iPhone 5C which does not have the Secure Enclave chip like the one its successors have. It is more than probable that if one version of the iPhone could be unlocked, the bureau will requisite the cracking of later Enclave-embedded devices.
While the sophisticated software as proposed by the FBI may not unlock other handsets, it could be useful for thieves. If fallen into the wrong hands, the software can be reverse engineered. Although it may not have many threats because Apple signature will still be required, the “signature” would be the “only” deterrent to get pass the phone.
The company’s bold stance against the law enforcement has not been settled well with the party at the receiving end. Many tech companies have come out to support Apple’s opinion. The limited software will not put the end to the case but it will begin an unsecured era of tarnished security. How this largest battle will end between the two parties will be uncovered in the future!