User security, privacy issues draw sharp contrast between Apple iOS, Google Android in FBI encryption case
Cook published a public letter stating that "we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help" the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations to recover data from an iPhone left behind by a terrorist involved in the San Bernardino shootings.
However, he opposed an order from a Federal court that "demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers."
That order requests that Apple develop a new version of iOS capable of allowing law enforcement to bypass key security settings in order to rapidly "brute force" a series of password guesses to unlock its encryption. Among other things, this would erase the time delays between false password attempts and allow for automated, electronic submission of a string of potential passwords rather than requiring that each be keyed in manually by a real person.
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