The FBI is very keen to make Apple unlock the phone used by one of the alleged perpetrators of the San Bernadino massacre. An iPhone, it is locked with a 4 digit code that gives you 4 chances to crack a code with 9,999 combinations before the phone is wiped.
Apple is refusing to assist claiming, apart from anything else that it cannot help.
This is almost enough to make me move to Apple. This is not a case about a specific act of terrorism, it is an issue that is going to increasingly illustrate the tension between technology companies and government.
“The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.
“This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.”
In other news, the FBI has asked U2 how they managed to get into everyone’s iPhone without asking anyone’s permission.
Scott Berkun, Author of The Dance of the Possible
Tuesday 11 April 2017 at 18.00 BST.
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