You may remember the news a few months ago where Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook shot and killed 14 people and injured 21 others at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California on Dec. 2, 2015, before being shot to death by police.
In the chaotic aftermath of the shootings, FBI investigators tried to recover data from the iPhone of one of the shooters. They asked a technician in the California county to reset the phone’s iCloud password. But doing that eliminated the possibility of an automatic backup to the Apple iCloud servers that might have turned up more clues to the origins of the terrorist attack that killed 14 people. So they made a critical error.
After that the Justice Department asked Apple to turn off the feature that erases an iPhone’s data after 10 failed attempts to unlock the device so that investigators can run all possible combinations to break the four-digit passcode on Farook’s phone. A federal judge ordered Apple to help the FBI.
Apple immediately challenged the court order. “The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement to customers. “This order … has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”
“The FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on