FBI Asks Apple to Create Hacker-Friendly Software

FBI Apple iPhone Software WarBy now you have heard about the potentially dangerous security issues that could arise should Apple do as requested by the FBI to build a new software, a backdoor into the iPhone – specifically built to can break the encryption system which protects the personal information of every iPhone user.

According to Bruce Sewell, Apple’s chief lawyer in his statement to a congressional committee today that “the FBI is asking Apple to weaken the security of our products. Hackers and cyber criminals could use this to wreak havoc on our privacy and personal safety. It would set a dangerous precedent for government intrusion on the privacy and safety of its citizens.” In essence, if Apple creates this software, our private information would be vulnerable to the government if we deserve it and to hackers if we don’t. To the iPhone user, having Apple create the software is a lose-lose situation. Aren’t hackers doing enough damage online? It’s hard enough for business owners to scan their sites for vulnerabilities that might be accessible to hackers. Such scans, now required to achieve Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance, ensure our security as consumers as well as the safety of the business owner’s proprietary content. If Apple creates the requested software, no one will be safe from the possibility of getting their phone hacked into. 

When this all started, the FBI argued that all it wanted was access to one little iPhone – but an important iPhone – as it belonged to a terrorist. But if that was the case, it isn’t the case now. Sewell reminded people of this in his opening statement, saying that “building that software tool would not affect just one iPhone. It would weaken the security for all of them.” He continues, “the US government has spent tens of millions of dollars through the Open Technology Fund and other US government programs to fund strong encryption. The Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, convened by President Obama, urged the US government to fully support and not in any way subvert, undermine, weaken, or make vulnerable generally available commercial software.” Encryption is necessary. App developers and app users alike welcome it as our last-ditch effort to keep our privacy and security safe. Sewell says that Apple has “been using it in our products for over a decade. As attacks on our customers’ data become increasingly sophisticated, the tools we use to defend against them must get stronger too. Weakening encryption will only hurt consumers and other well-meaning users who rely on companies like Apple to protect their personal information.”

Forcing Apple to create this software could damage the security of our freedoms and liberties we hold so dear and make us even more vulnerable to thieves and terrorists. Mandating a backdoor encryption software is a very bad idea. It would just give hackers one more income stream and give government even more access into our personal lives.

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