Ina Fried May 16, 2017
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Apple exec seems eerily prescient after cyberattack


In defending Apple's stance against the FBI last year, Apple Senior VP Craig Federighi penned an op-ed for the Washington Post saying that the government's request for a backdoor into iPhones. The words sound pretty wise in the wake of the massive ransomware attack which made use of an NSA-held vulnerability.

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.