On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered that Apple assist the FBI in unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. As iPhone users may already know, a passcode protected phone will lock a user out if there has been more than 10 attempts.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that he will fight the court order, saying that building such a technology could “undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers.”
So what’s the deal? Why does the FBI want access to this guy’s phone and why is Apple fighting it? Here are four things to know:
1. The San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife publicly pledged allegiance to ISIS on Facebook. The FBI wants to gain access to his iPhone to see if there’s any information regarding future terrorist activity.
2. Tim Cook is going to fight this court order tooth and nail. Apple has already released a “Customer Letter” to its users letting them know why it’s important to their privacy that the FBI doesn’t compel Apple to create this backdoor. The tech company has also successfully extended their court date to Feb. 26 (it was originally set for Feb. 23) so that they can properly build their case.
3. If Apple were to create this “backdoor,” there’s a possibility that it could endanger the security of all iPhones. The tech company claims that the backdoor be replicated and used to unlock other mobile devices.
4. This fight is going to very important battle for privacy in our tech driven times. Facebook, Google, and Twitter have already voiced support for Apple.
Who do you think is right — Apple or the FBI? Let us know in the comments below!
xx, The FabFitFun Team