White House Denies That DOJ is Asking Apple to Build Backdoor Into iPhone

White House Denies That DOJ is Asking Apple to Build Backdoor Into iPhone

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The White House has responded to an open letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook this morning, denying that DOJ is asking the company to build a backdoor into its iPhone, reports Reuters.

At a daily briefing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Department of Justice was asking for access to just one device.

"They are not asking Apple to redesign its product or to create a new backdoor to one of their products," Earnest told reporters. He says the case is about authorities learning "as much as they can about this one case" and "the president certainly believes that is an important national priority."

In his letter to customers, Cook said "Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation."

This software could then be used by anyone who had it to unlock any iPhone, essentially giving them a backdoor into the device.

"In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession."

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White House Denies That DOJ is Asking Apple to Build Backdoor Into iPhone

'Merica - February 20, 2016 at 12:19am
@jaybird72 Sorry bro but hacking isn't illegal in this sense. Hacking someone else's computer with malicious intent without permission is illegal....By Apple hacking their own device is perfectly legal. Especially since the terrorist's cell phone was a San Bernardino county issued phone.The county gave consent for it to be hacked as well......please don't tell others to do their research please. Its rude.
Timmaay - February 20, 2016 at 1:52am
@jaybird you just got destroyed lol. Don't be a d!$&
jbird72 - February 18, 2016 at 1:33pm
Apple has done this over 70 times before for the Feds but this time the DOJ went behind their back and Apple had no representation in court so basically the court order has no validity. there are serious problems with forcing a private person to work against their will. That’s called slavery. If the FBI wants to go out and hire people, even hire them away from Apple, it has every ability to do that. But, to force Apple to do something against its will, at its own expense, is prohibited by the Constitution. Plus a judge can't force Apple to break the law since hacking is a felony. Do your research guys before spewing your half ass comments and learn how to spell and there's this thing called comprehension which I've read so many of your comments over the years and make absolutely no sense cause you don't bother to spell check or your English just downright sucks.
RAV4 Rich466 - February 18, 2016 at 11:43am
If the government asked everybody in the country for a key to their house and said will keep it in a safe place and only use it if we have a warrant to get into your house to search it. How many people would give the government a Key?
David - February 18, 2016 at 8:41am
They should carry out judgement against the culprits and leave this phone alone... The DOJ has always wanted to gain access into Apple encryption data and once that happens, I'm done with apple product..
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