San Francisco: Apple has refused a judge’s order to help the FBI break into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, warning it was “vary dangerous” to create such a backdoor to the smartphones.
US magistrate Judge Sheri Pym ordered previous day to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to the FBI, including disabling an auto-erase feature after too many unsuccessful pursue are made to unlock the iPhone 5C.
Federal prosecutors had filed a motion requesting Apple’s help after the Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to crack the phone’s code two months into the investigation into the Dec rampage.
Syed Farook, a United State citizen, and his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik gunned down 14 people at an office party in California, San Bernardino, before they were killed in a shootout with police.
But Apple said it would fight the judge’s order, firing the current shot in a growing debate over encryption pitting the government against tech companies.
“The US gov has stipulated that take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement on the company’s website.