According to a report published by the New York Times just this week, it appears that Apple’s engineers are busy working on brand new security features for the tech giant’s iPhone device, protective measures that could make the smartphone essentially unhackable. To date, no details were divulged yet as to when these additional security measures will be made available to iOS mobile users.
Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been featured in news headlines lately. In light of the San Bernardino terrorist attack that has left 14 dead and 22 injured, the FBI is trying to unlock an iPhone 5c device used by a terrorist suspect. The agency is requesting Apple to modify its iOS mobile operating system so that the FBI can bypass the iPhone’s security system. Apple would have nothing to do with it, leading the FBI to have a federal judge issue a court order to force the phone maker to grant its original request. Apple defended its stance, with its chief executive officer Tim Cook saying that the FBI order went too far, and acquiescing to the request (by creating a backdoor hack to every iPhone device out there) could mean defeating the security protocols it has set for iOS mobile users in the first place. Making things even more interesting is the news reported by the Financial Times that Apple is also exploring ways in which it can place encryption protection on information stored through its iCloud feature, which could add to the FBI’s and other law enforcement agencies’ frustrations.
The Apple versus FBI feud adds more fuel to the ever heating tensions between the tech industry and the government over encryption and security protocols on mobile devices. Members of the tech industry have ramped up their efforts in protecting their tech products especially in light of revelations of government surveillance programs from documents leaked by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
As for Apple, strictly speaking, the tech giant still has until this Friday to reply to the court order, with a hearing scheduled for March 22nd of this year. The iPhone maker has since stated their willingness to take the case to the United States Supreme Court if needed. During a recent interview on TV, Cook has reiterated his position on the issue. According to him, creating a hack for iPhones could lead to endless vulnerabilities for the civil liberties not only for iOS mobile users, but for all owners of smartphone and tablet devices in America.
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