Apple is rumored to have been talking with a number of digital security experts for bolstering its iOS security. Recently, FBI requested Apple to access the iPhone belonging to a man behind the San to Bernardino terror attacks in 2015.
According to the sources, the engineers from the tech giant are developing a new security measure which will make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone using methods similar to those at the center of the court fight in California. On the other hand, if Apple upgrades its security successfully then the company will automatically create technical challenge for law enforcement agencies.
As per sources, it the FBI wanted to get into an iPhone in future then it will need a new way to do so. The security agency demanded the Cupertino giant to develop a new version of the iOS platform which will allow it to force the passcode on the iPhone of terrorists.
However, the tech giant says that it doesn’t have any software that can do so and will not ever comply with the demand from FBI. On the other hand, Apple believes that opening up an iPhone for FBI might lead to demand for thousand passcodes to be cracked for the government agencies. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, claims that if such software is developed than it will be a software equivalent of cancer.
There are reports from US that FBI is already asking Apple to access 12 more iPhone devices in unrelated criminal cases. Federal wiretapping laws require traditional phone carriers to make their data accessible to the law enforcement agencies but tech giants such as Apple and Google are not covered under this clause. Instead, they have strongly resisted legislation which will place similar requirements on them.
According to Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow person at Brookings Institution, “We are in for an arms race unless and until Congress decides to clarify who has obligations in situations like this”. However, the companies have always searched for the software bugs and patched the holes in order to keep their codes secure from the hackers. But since the revelations of government surveillance made by Edward J Snowden companies are retooling their product to protect against the government intrusion.