In 2016, the whole world closely watched the confrontation between the FBI and Apple, which almost turned into a protracted lawsuit and could have a significant impact on the entire industry.
Let me remind you that then law enforcement officers needed to get information from the iPhone 5c, which belonged to the terrorist who staged the massacre in San Bernardino. Desperate to hack the device on their own, the FBI enlisted the support of a federal judge and appealed directly to Apple. The company reacted extremely negatively to this request, saying that the FBI, in fact, requires creating a special version of iOS with a built-in backdoor – a “master key from hundreds of millions of doors”. And although the scandal managed to gain considerable momentum, in the end the confrontation came to naught, as the phone was successfully hacked without the help of Apple (and it cost the FBI more than a million dollars).
Now, after almost four years, the situation could be repeated.
The fact is that in December 2019, shooting occurred on the basis of the U.S. Navy (in Florida, in the city of Pensacola). The fire was opened by 21-year-old Mohammed Saeed al-Shamrani, a Saudi air force officer who trained in the United States. He shot three people and was killed himself. The FBI is currently investigating the incident and is extremely interested in unlock two iPhoneowned by al-Shamrani. Although the FBI has permission from the court to crack the iPhone and access data, both devices are password protected and encrypted. So far, attempts to break them into nothing have led to, although this case is considered a high priority national security issue, and the FBI has already resorted to the help of unnamed third-party experts and suppliers.
According to NBC, Apple said that they are already cooperating with the investigation and generally always seek to help law enforcement agencies.
“When a month ago the FBI requested information about this case from us, we provided all the data we have and will continue to share the information we have,” Apple said streamlined.
So far, these statements do not prove that the company agreed to help with hacking devices. After all, Apple can have a lot of very different data about al-Shamrani devices, from Apple ID to iCloud content. However, this may not be exactly what the FBI representatives are interested in.