Apple was recently ordered by a court in the US to help the FBI crack and iPhone which was owned by a terrorist, in order to do this, the company would have to create custom software to get around the handsets security.
The company made its stance on this quite clear, in a post from Apple CEO Tim Cook recently, the company does not want to create this software, which effectively would be a backdoor into the iPhone and if created it could affect everyone’s privacy.
According to a recent report, Apple now has until the 26th of February to respond to the court ruling, they had originally been told by the court to reply by the 23rd.
The Justice Department has asked Apple to create software that would allow them to crack the passcode on the iPhone, at the moment when a passcode ins wrongly entered 10 times, the iPhone gets wiped.
The FBI wants this feature on the device disabled, which would allow them to use software to continually try pass codes on the handset until it is unlocked.
If this software was created, then it would allow for any iPhone to be broken into not just the iPhone in question in the court case, the software does not exist at the moment.
We suspect that Apple’s response to the court will be that they are not prepared to create the software, what the courts view on this will be remains to be seen.
Many technology companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter and more have agreed with Apple on the case and have also said that it could weaken security of consumer technology products and services.
It really is a difficult issue for both the government and Apple, on the one hand the government wants to access the data on a terrorists iPhone, as it could help them stop future attacks depending on what information is on the device.
On the other hand, Apple is looking to protect the privacy of all of its users, if such a tool was created and it fell into the wrong hands, then it could have serious security implications for Apple’s devices.