Apple vs. FBI: What’s Really Going On?


Apple is embroiled in a battle with the FBI over an iPhone that was used by one of the shooters involved in the December attack that killed 14 and wounded 22 in San Bernardino, California. The two sides are involved in an ongoing court case over Apple’s refusal to comply with a Feb. 16 order from a federal judge that demanded that the tech giant build custom software to help the FBI break into an iPhone 5c given to slain attacker Syed Rizwan Farook by his employer.

What is the FBI asking Apple to do?

In 2014, Apple deliberately changed its operating system (OS) to ensure that all iPhones were encrypted by default and that Apple had no access to the encryption keys. Instead, keys are generated by combining a user’s password with a unique identifier stored on the phone. Farook’s phone runs iOS 9, which includes the new security setup as well as a feature that permanently locks the phone after 10 incorrect entries.


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