Apple Defies FBI Order to Build Backdoor Software To Unlock Any iPhone: “Too Dangerous to Create”

total surveillanceBy Mac Slavo

The intelligence community is pressuring the tech world to help them break encryption systems and create a backdoor into privately held devices.

There is no limit to their prying eyes, or the powers they wish to hold over society. Of course, it is all to keep you safe.

In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has demanded that Apple create a software that would allow the agency to unlock the shooter’s iPhone.

After the shooter, it is then, of course, open sesame on all of society.

Apple has refused.

applebackdoorresponseIn an open letter, Apple CEO Tim Cook has drawn the company’s line in the sand when it comes to federal intrusion of privacy. It reads in part:

We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them. But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.

Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.

Two things about this statement are a tad on the unbelievable side. First of all, it’s surprising that Apple is taking such a public stance against helping the government spy on its citizens considering the Snowden leaks.

Second, how can Cook claim this software (or one like it) does not already exist today? The National Security Administration might beg to differ.

The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable…

The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.

The fact of the matter is, that no communication on these or any other commercial devices is truly secure or private, unless is encrypted, and the government agencies are not using keys to unlock the encryption.

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Your personal (and sometimes very private) texts, phone calls and increasingly, important data stored on the phone – as well as passwords and payments – are all up for grabs.

As everyone should be aware by now, the extent of surveillance is near total, and the NSA and other groups can and do collect information from all Americans.

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  • Jurvis

    So the next time a Radical Muslim Terrorist kills 40, 000 Americans and the FBI asks Apple for a code or key to crack the security encryption on the Muslim terrorists IPhone because they think there is credible info on it regarding another possible upcoming attack and Apple says go pound sand, what then?

    • FOR SURE you will be one of those 40.000, fearful child.
      Run for mommy NOW !

    • philip.dennany

      Some dummies still don’t understand who is driving virtually all of the ongoing ‘terrorist’ activity and who really pulled of 9-11.

    • OldeSoul

      Don’t you feel ashamed for being so naive and fearful? You don’t speak for all Americans, we’re not all cowards begging to have the government protect us from the very terrorists they create. The mass shootings, 9/11, ISIS and the Radical Muslim Threat…. all created by our government to scare the living bejesus of people so they give up their freedoms and beg to hand over all their personal responsibility to a criminal organization. Wake up and smell the napalm before it lands on your head.

  • Undecider

    I was under the impression the back doors were already there. Is Apple attempting to fool us they are not?

    • CAWS

      I think you are right. Certainly NSA & CIA have this technology; maybe they just won’t share? Most likely it is a stunt to make us think Apple is the better choice as they will protect us. There was a reason why the GW Bush admin NEVER used cell phones.

  • Psychic Warrior

    The Iphone and cell phones in general are weapons that you aim at your head as part of Agenda 21 extinction planning. All mega corporations are subjects of the CIA as another elitist tool of mass extinction which has been made acceptable to the populace as the phone companies remove hardwired communication access from the social matrix.

  • OldeSoul

    I thought the NSA had the ability to monitor every email, every phone conversation and how many times we floss per day. I guess this was just a little lie they told to make us fearful of everything we say and write online.

    It also seems they are getting very good at using paid-off judges to circumvent Constitutional protections and declare a VIP dead without actually seeing a body. Perhaps this case will end up on the new sans Scalia SCOTUS docket, ergo, the SB shooting and murder were well-planned psy-ops from beginning to end.

    Remember folks, there are no conspiracies, only conspiracy nut jobs. The CIA said so.

  • littljo

    I’m sure that all the mother chips have a backdoor – NSA is able to download your entire pc -whether it is ‘on’ or off – so long as wifi exists (probably wired hookups as well, but they have pushed wifi rather quickly onto the public).Keep in mind that if they can download they can upload and make anyone look like pond scum.

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