Apple VP Op-Ed: FBI Demand to Weaken iOS Security Helps Criminals

Apple senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, writing in an op-ed over at The Washington Post, says the FBI wants to turn back the clock on iOS security, which in doing so, will allow criminals to hack into the iPhone:

That’s why it’s so disappointing that the FBI, Justice Department and others in law enforcement are pressing us to turn back the clock to a less-secure time and less-secure technologies. They have suggested that the safeguards of iOS 7 were good enough and that we should simply go back to the security standards of 2013. But the security of iOS 7, while cutting-edge at the time, has since been breached by hackers. What’s worse, some of their methods have been productized and are now available for sale to attackers who are less skilled but often more malicious.

To get around Apple’s safeguards, the FBI wants us to create a backdoor in the form of special software that bypasses passcode protections, intentionally creating a vulnerability that would let the government force its way into an iPhone. Once created, this software — which law enforcement has conceded it wants to apply to many iPhones — would become a weakness that hackers and criminals could use to wreak havoc on the privacy and personal safety of us all.

I can’t imagine going back to the security standards of iOS 7—that seems like ages ago.

The Washington Post is owned by Jeff Bezos—the founder of Amazon—whose company recently backed Apple in their encryption battle against the FBI, along with numerous others in Silicon Valley.

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  • Aron Feuer

    Let’s an informed discussion on this topic – really, what is the vulnerability resulting from Apple creating this less-secure operating system? It is a function of *exposure*, and that means that should Apple treat this operating system the same way they treat their code signing certificates (in house only, highly secure environment) the exposure is manageable.