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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Why Apple went to war with the FBI | ZDNet





It took just a few hours for the Justice Dept. to gauge how its legal action against Apple would be perceived by the public.



Not long after a California court released an order compelling Apple to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, there was an outpouring of support in Apple's favor, and little compassion for the government's case.



 FBI could demand Apple source code and keys if iPhone backdoor too 'burdensome'

FBI could demand Apple source code and keys if iPhone backdoor too 'burdensome'



The FBI could create "ghost" iPhone updates that imitate legitimate Apple software.



Within hours of reading headlines with words like "backdoor," Apple responded to the growing public empathy with a letter on its website stating that the company will "oppose this order." Apple had made iOS 8, which debuted in September 2014, impossible for anyone other than the phone's owner to unlock -- including law enforcement and Apple itself.



But in the days running up to the judge signing the court order, the Justice Dept. had "stacked the deck" against the iPhone maker, according to a person with direct knowledge of the case.



It was a move to thrust the long-standing debate over encryption between tech companies and law enforcement into the public eye -- one that the government reportedly ended up regretting.



Why Apple went to war with the FBI | ZDNet

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