The United States government has ordered Apple to place a back door into its iOS software. This would make it possible for the FBI to decrypt information from the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, Syed Farook.
According to the Justice Department's court filing, Farook's iCloud password had been reset while government investigations were going on. It was said to have been restarted by an IT tech in the San Bernardino county.
"The owner [San Bernardino County Department of Public Health], in an attempt to gain access to some information in the hours after the attack, was able to reset ht password remotely, but that had the effect of eliminating the possibility of an auto-backup.
If that had not been the case, Apple could have recovered the information from the iPhone.
Farook, along with his wife, decided to go to his workplace on Dec. 2, 2015 and shoot up a work holiday party the office= was having. Together, they killed 14 of his co-workers, and then later, after a police chase, they killed themselves.
Now, controversy goes on. Apple does not want to give the information to the U.S. government, as they do not believe that it is infringement on people's privacy and rights. Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that if they do it once, they will do it again, and the U.S. will lose another one of their freedoms.
Hacker John McAfee ran a public open letter in multiple publications, stating that the United States has an arsenal of some of the best hackers in the world; however, for multiple reasons, such as appearance and salary, they refuse to work for the FBI.
He has offered to decrypt the information on the San Bernardino phone, free of charge, for the FBI. He says that it will take them three weeks, and that if the FBI accepts his offer, Apple will not need to place a back door on its product, which would "be the beginning of the end of America," according to McAfee.
"If you doubt my credentials, Google 'cybersecurity legend' and see whose name is the only one that appears in the first 10 results out of more than a quarter of a million," McAfee wrote.
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