Apple v. The World’s Governments

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On Tuesday, a Federal Judge from Central California ordered that Apple help unlock the iPhone 5C that one of the San Bernardino shooters received from his job.  The phone is officially owned by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, but they are unable to access it. The FBI hasn’t been able to unlock the only device left behind by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, all others were intentionally destroyed.

All Apple phones running the latest software have “full disk” encryption, and Apple has publicly stated that it does not hold an encryption key for the its phones’ software. They can’t unlock it, even if they want to. The only way to access a locked phone is through the four or six digit passcode. If this particular phone has a bad password ten times in a row, the phone will wipe itself, and the FBI is worried…

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