Apple has previously stated that the company would never open a encryption backdoor for nor allow server access to government agencies. The company claims it does not have the ability to decrypt its own devices running iOS 8 or later — only those who have the password to the encrypted device have access to what’s inside it.

The US Attorney’s Office has decided that Apple’s assistance in unlocking an iPhone 5c is warranted anyway and a court judge has agreed. That iPhone 5c belonged to the San Bernardino County Department of Health and was assigned to Syed Farook, who, together with his wife Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California on December 2.

“Apple has the exclusive technical means which would assist the government in completing its search, but has declined to provide that assistance voluntarily,” prosecutors argued.

The federal judge ordered that the company had to provide “reasonable technical assistance” which mainly consists of allowing a work-through against the automatic data wipe function which will allow investigators to attempt unlimited password combinations. It has five days to formally decline the order if it believes it to be an “unreasonably burdensome” measure.

Sounds like the master stroke to encryption, right? Well, we’re not sure if that data wipe’s code edit privilege lies beyond the encryption, but Apple sure is confident that it won’t be able to help as much as it would or would not like to.

Source: NBC News
Via: 9to5Mac

You May Also Like
Android 11

Pocketnow Daily: Google Pixel 5 and 4a Features LEAKED on Android 11?!(video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the new feature that may arrive with Android 11, the possibility of new AirPods Pro Lite and more

Google testing double tap gesture on rear panel of Pixel phones in Android 11

Just tap twice on the back of your Pixel phone to wake up the Google Assistant, launch camera, snooze alarm, silence calls, and do a lot more.

Microsoft’s Defender antivirus software is coming to Android and iOS

Microsoft will preview its Defender security solution for Android and iOS operating systems at the RSA Conference later this month.