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22 / 02 / 2016

The Battle Between Apple and the FBI. Which Side is Yours?

What is your opinion regarding the hottest topic in technology and security world - the battle between Apple and the FBI?

Seems like the future of encryption depends on the result of this story. We’ve gathered the most authoritative sources, so you can choose more comfortable side.

We will provide a quick reminder of what had happened. After Apple had denied the judge’s order to help law enforcement unlock a terrorist’s iPhone, a real battle between the FBI and Apple began. The judge asked Apple to design an iOS operating system for San Bernardino iPhone with lack of several security features so the FBI could unlock it. The Apple explained the seriousness of the FBI request in online circulation on its official website stating the reasons for refusal. After a while the law enforcement fired back against the company’s public rebuttal in court, claiming that Apple thought only about its own marketing values in that particular case.

What technology vendors say?

Several days ago Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, has chimed in the escalating battle and tweeted that the judge’s order to assist the FBI in unlocking the terrorist’s iPhone can ”be a troubling precedent”. He also added that the Android operating system included encryption tools for protecting its users’ data, too.

At the same time, John McAfee, CEO of McAfee, says: “I'll decrypt the San Bernardino phone free of charge so Apple doesn't need to place a back door on its product.” His official position is keeping security for the customers whether they use Google’s of Apple’s products. At the same time in his Op-Ed article on Business Insider he says that such battle between Apple and the FBI “is a black day and the beginning of the end of the US as a world power.” At the end of his article he officially offers the FBI to decrypt the terrorist’s iPhone with McAfee team during 3 weeks, so the FBI will not need to ask Apple to create back-door encryption in its product.

Moreover, such brands as WhatsApp and Microsoft back Apple’s defiance on encryption order. The CEO of WhatsApp has posted an official letter on Facebook:

“I have always admired Tim Cook for his stance on privacy and Apple’s efforts to protect user data and couldn't agree more with everything said in their Customer Letter today. We must not allow this dangerous precedent to be set. Today our freedom and our liberty is at stake.”

During these days, Microsoft CEO has tweeted with the official a link to a statement from Reform Government Surveillance, which says:

“Reform Government Surveillance companies believe it is extremely important to deter terrorists and criminals and to help law enforcement by processing legal orders for information in order to keep us all safe.

But technology companies should not be required to build in backdoors to the technologies that keep their users’ information secure. RGS companies remain committed to providing law enforcement with the help it needs while protecting the security of their customers and their customers’ information.”

Why back-door encryption is so dangerous?

The main reason is quite simple. The software and hardware vendors together with security experts think that there is no any “back-door” in an encrypted device with limited access rights. When the encryption is breached, the number of other wishful partakers will take this opportunity as their advantage. These “back-doors” will be visited by hackers as well as by such countries as China and Russia, which will qualify their rights for the same access.


Bill Gates said that Apple has to unlock the San Bernardino terrorost’s iPhone. The CEO of Microsoft says that the Justice Department not asking Apple to make accesseble the whole iOS system, they are asking to help with paticular case and phone, that’s all.  

Few days ago Tim Cook released another letter, the letter is addressed to the Apple emloyees, where he called for the FBI order to be dropped and thanking Apple employees for working on security features that protect customer data.