Amid an ongoing dispute with the United States government over a court order to unlock iPhone 5C of one of the San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook…
…Apple started working on implementing stronger security measures “even it can’t hack” to achieve un-hackability in its future iPhones.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is deliberately forcing Apple to create a special, backdoored version of iOS that could let them brute force the passcode on Farook’s iPhone without erasing data.
However, the FBI approached the company to unlock the shooter’s iPhone 5C in various ways like:
- Create a backdoor to shooter’s iPhone.
- Disable the Auto-destruct feature after numerous tries.
- Increase the brute force time to try out all combinations.
- Minimize the time of waiting for a window after each try.
..and much more
Apple is still fighting the battle even after the clear refusal to the court that it will not provide any backdoor access to the agency that would affect its users’ privacy and security in near future.
New iPhones will be Unhackable
Apple has taken this sensitive issue on top priority in their stack to solve the privacy and security of public by covering any existing way out (if any).
According to the New York Times, Apple is working
on new security measures that would prevent the governments or federal enforcements from using passcode bypassing techniques to access iPhones or any iOS devices in the future.
This breakthrough would ensure that the upcoming Apple products would not be subjected to any susceptibility by any means.
In short, the main highlight of this move is that even Apple could not be able to intercept into their customer data whether it is for criminal identification demand from FBI or any government spying agency like NSA.
In San Bernardino shooter’s case, Apple helped the FBI in every possible way by providing iCloud Backup of Farook and suggesting other alternative ways to view his iPhone data.
But, Apple refused to the FBI Request and Californian Judge demands for the backdoor creation in order to pull out the terrorist data from iPhone 5C.
“The only way we know would be to write a piece of software that we view as sort of the software equivalent of cancer. We think it’s bad news to write. We would never write it. We have never written it,” stated Apple CEO Tim Cook in an interview.
Government wants Apple to Unlock 12 More iPhones
As Cook’s statement has a silent underlined meaning that the company could write a code snippet exclusively for this device to make a breakthrough in Farook’s case.
But if Apple agrees to one request, then the company would be flooded by the FBI and the CIA requests to unlock more iPhones of criminals in near future.
The recent request made by the United States government to unlock 12 more iPhones is just a starter of the above-explained scenario.
Tech biggies like Google, Facebook, and WhatsApp, has favored Apple’s decision regarding the User Privacy, but the politicians like Presidential Candidate Donald Trump criticized the Apple’s decision, making a controversial statement to “Boycott Apple” on Twitter.
The looping requests of the FBI, battles in Social Medias and much more controversies made Apple rethink about the security of their future products. And since the company doesn’t want to fly in the face of danger, it decided to bolster the security in its forthcoming iPhone releases.