Tim Cook Says Backdoor Into iPhone Would be 'Software Equivalent of Cancer'

Tim Cook Says Backdoor Into iPhone Would be 'Software Equivalent of Cancer'

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Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke to ABC News' David Muir about why the company is opposing the FBI's demand that it build a backdoor into the iPhone.

The CEO of the tech giant defended Apple's position, saying the security of the public is far too important to risk.

In the interview, Cook said, "Apple has cooperated with the FBI fully in this case. They came to us and asked us for all the information we had on this phone and we gave everything that we had, but this case is not about one phone. This case is about the future. What is at stake here is can the government compel Apple to write software that we believe would make hundreds of millions of customers vulnerable around the world, including the U.S."

When asked if Apple would have to write that system in order to unlock the phone, Cook replied, "Yes, the only way we know would be to write a piece of software that we view as sort of the software equivalent of cancer. We think it's bad news to write, we would never write it, we have never written it and that is what is at stake here."

Take a look at the interview below...


Linn - February 27, 2016 at 10:44pm
Should have done silently. Now our US Gov. looks like they are idiots. Probably other countries Gov. are laughing right now.
Justabrake - February 27, 2016 at 6:42pm
Where are Tim Cooks liberal friends now ! Apple will be worth half as much in 3 years if he does this.
fernandorinto - February 25, 2016 at 6:21pm
Wait a minute! "The FBI directed the county to reset the iCloud password." I might be wrong on this one but, isn't it the only way to reset the iCloud password in an iPhone is to first enter the password to unlock the phone then go to settings and attempt to change the password from there. Or also, go to iCloud.com and change the password from there. However, you must first know the Apple ID used in the iPhone, which in this case is the terrorist's iPhone, and the only way to know that is to unlock the iPhone and open the settings ???????? If I'm right, that tells me that the government already have all the information that that iPhone has. Then they changed the password to make all this drama and use it as an excuse to force Apple to make a backdoor to all iPhones.. How tricky is that!? Government always has to find a way to violate people's privacy..
1_Net_Usr - February 25, 2016 at 5:54pm
O, I agree with your points, and true,.. People, THINK. If Apple created that one piece of software, it's akin to opening Pandora's box! It won't stop there..
Shawn - February 25, 2016 at 3:59pm
He is such an idiot. Would love to see if one of his loved ones suffered or was in jeopardy and law enforcement needed to gain information from one of his iPhones. I think he would be changing his tune. Give it up Tim!!!
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