A very unfortunate incident took place in San Bernardino, California, on the 2nd of December last year, as 14 people were killed and 22 were injured in a terrorist attack. A mass shooting was carried out, and a bombing was in plan too. While both the terrorists were killed during the police encounter, it was a very tragic event. A federal judge has now ordered Apple to allow the investigating agencies an access to the encrypted data on the iPhone of the attackers. The court order was passed after Apple “declined to provide voluntarily,” as per the court documents.
A 40 paged notice has been filed by the US Attorney’s Office in LA, where it has been mentioned that they need Apple to help give them the access to “relevant, critical … data” on the locked iPhone 5c of one of the attackers.
“Despite … a warrant authorizing the search,” said prosecutors, “the government has been unable to complete the search because it cannot access the iPhone’s encrypted content. Apple has the exclusive technical means which would assist the government in completing its search, but has declined to provide that assistance voluntarily.”
A judgment by Judge Sheri Pym has been delivered, asking Apple to allow the government the access to an exclusive software which will not have the data erased after several unsuccessful login attempts.
It has been revealed that the San Bernardino attacker’s iPhone was running the iOS 9, an OS that Apple has themselves called unbreakable, and after the company grants the court the access to this software, the government technicians will then possibly be using brute force attacks, which use a combination of several numbers to break into devices.
Apple is yet to comment on this issue, but even if they agree to the courts’ decision on the grounds of morality and for the greater good, this will be a bitter pill for them to swallow as the company has been strongly pro-encryption.