Tim Cook: “The US Government is asking Apple to hack our own users”

The company CEO Tim Cook responds with a refusal to the request by the FBI to access the iPhone device of one of the perpetrators of the shooting in San Bernardino.

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Privileged access to the lives of people. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, has responded with a negative to the request of the FBI to access the iPhone used allegedly by one of the authors of the shooting in San Bernardino (California), Syed Farook, who killed 14 people in early December. “The US government has asked us something that we simply can not do and is something we consider too dangerous.”

The head of the American firm has said that Apple will not build a “back door” to access personal data on iPhones. In a letter to customers, Cook has opposed the request federal judge Sheri Pym, who demanded the company on Tuesday to assist the US Government to infiltrate a terminal by using software that allows the FBI to break the encryption system and existing security on the iPhone.

“The US government has demanded that Apple give an unprecedented step that threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications that go beyond the legal case” stated in the letter. “We were shocked and outraged by the attack in San Bernardino. We regret the death of many people and we want justice for those whose lives have been affected. The FBI asked us to help days after the attack and have worked hard to help the government solve this horrible crime. We have no sympathy for terrorists” he says.

“We have great respect for professionals in the FBI and we believe their intentions are good. At this point, we have done everything in our power within the law to help them. But now, the US government has asked us something that we simply can not do and is something we consider too dangerous. We have been asked to build a backdoor for the iPhone. The US Government is asking Apple to hack our own users”.

“Specifically, the FBI wants to have a new version of the iPhone operating system, featuring several important security features and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. This software does not exist today but would have the potential to unlock any iPhone” he says.

“Smartphones have become an essential part of our lives. People use them to store large amounts of personal information, from private conversations to photos, music, notes, and contacts” Tim Cook said that no matter where we’ve been or were we are going all user data must remain protected.