Apple Says iPhone “Backdoor” Risks All User’s Security

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is fighting the US government. They want Apple to create software that allows the government a backdoor into iPhones and Cook refuses. Cenk Uygur host of The Young Turks breaks it down.

Do you think the Apple should concede to the government’s demands? Let us know in the comments below.

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“To hear Apple tell it, the creation of a “backdoor” to the iPhone owned by San Bernadino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, propped open however briefly, would imperil the very concept of privacy, not to mention millions iPhones around the globe,

As a principle and moral argument, this has been embraced by Silicon Valley and much of the privacy community. And yet on the separate technical question of whether Apple could safely break this one phone without unleashing havoc on the privacy world, there is consensus: yes, Apple can, even if it won’t.

The court order is actually quite narrow, since it asks Apple to build a piece of software tied to the device’s unique ID for the purposes of disabling the iOS auto-erase function. That would allow the FBI to make unlimited attempts at guessing the passcode — what’s known as a “brute force” attack — without any software roadblocks slowing it down.”


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  • my Apple of discord is the vendor version

    Mawek April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • This is a pony show, Apple gave this to the FBI already.

    Hallking78 April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • Apple of Discord: one of the best pick up and play pulse rifle for sale at the tower.

    zok310 April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • that's right, that's is too much power for the government to have

    Carlos Roman April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • It's not open to debate.

    Square Cat April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • Apple is right. And the government blatantly lies.

    Square Cat April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • I can write software that can be used 1 time, and then would never work again.

    Stephen Wolfe April 15, 2016 2:24 am

    J Bezzie April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • update on this story, check for yourselves. It is now possible to remotely attack cars. Modern cars use Bluetooth and wifi like tech to communicate within the car. You turn the steering wheel or press the gas pedal, the signal gets transmitted wirelessly to the rest of the car. People have been able to hack this first in the car, now remotely. So in theory some terrorist in another country can be killed by someone sitting in an office in America. But of course once that ability gets out, anyone can remotely attack anyones car in the world. And what helps block this: effective encryption.

    nosuchthing8 April 15, 2016 2:24 am

    R Russell April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • Before Steve Jobs died he did an interview where he basically said he didn't give a damn about American worker and he was going to make his junk in China.If that POS is going to be used to plot and plan terrorist attacks they should just ban the phone from the American market under national security.

    Pork Chop April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • This is all a publicity stunt by Apple so consumers trust the Apple brand again. Of course Apple is backdoor-ed, they are just lying to the public to reverse the damage done to their brand but behind closed doors, they fully comply with the government and will give over the encryption keys on notice.

    Halxion April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • The government consists of humans like us, why we should trust these humans more than we trust civilians is beyond me.

    Yin Yang April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • icloud, cellphonecarrier, and isp have that data this is reverse psychology the governmnet already has the data

    Jean carlos Alvarado April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • it's so ironic that i am agreeing with cenk and disagreeing with sam harris

    Thanatos April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • The US government fails at computing, once again…

    rock3tcat (ⵙⴰⵔⵓⵅ) April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • Scary thought.. this was the iphone 5c, which didn't have the fingerprint reader… in the future the gov. can just use your dead thumb to unlock it.

    gravitas73 April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • The promise of safety and security is no reason to abandon our civil liberties.

    Amin Samadi April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • If you knew anything about tech, you'd be on Apple's side.

    Varuna Heart April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • The worlds biggest terrorist organization is the american government.

    armadillo platypus April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • The Orwellian jewmerican government,with orders from israel.The most paranoid illegal state on earth.

    armadillo platypus April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • Actually apple is helping your terrorist by not opening the phone…. The problem the software to crack an iPhone already exists… Apple is already helping the FBI who are the fckn terrorist… I know half of you wouldnt know that but how Apple is helping terrorists is to make the information public that if you are a terrorist, you can use an iPhone to hide from onlookers thanks to Apple and their big ass mouths….

    J Bezzie April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • If it was iPhone 5S and above then they could hand use fingerprints?

    Mohammad G April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • I will listen to Tim Cook on this matter. He knows all about back doors. 👍🏻

    Omni Codex April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • What right does the government have to tell Apple about the level of security they should build into their phones? Don't we all have a right to privacy, especially, while we are alive and certainly after we are dead?

    juli grlee April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • Listen man, I respect all of that and your right but lets face it, all this terror talk is a load of fear mongering, people die more from car crashes, homicide, smoking cigs, the list goes on and on more than terrorism. You see the difference between the people and Gov is that the people are forgiving and most of us just want to go on with our lives, we talk about our loved ones allot because we are human and love them, but lets face it these people are not in the interest of our lives, do they wine and moan over your lost? if you lost your job? lost your home? or people in your family? I bet you not, we need to be strong to move on and let not these iron hands dominate our world every time something happens.
    Apple is right on the note to protect Us all, I never saw or heard a video where the people they say are asking and pushing them to get the pass code from apple is so saturated. But we believe anything they say since we expect them not to lie to us because after all they love us and only trying to protect us all. right?
    This is where the people and the Bosses are different. My sympathies goes out to the families that are being affected but all of this I really hope that they can heal from all of this and move on to make there lives better.

    Photoshopuzr April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • remember that story about a year ago- when that new ultra secure phone came out- and its users detected cell towers that were stealing information- and no one knew who owned them? I wonder what became of that?

    jackchorn April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • Don't trust any government even ours

    brian wilson April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • Tim Cook is lying to us about how he and Apple learned of the FBI request just like we did; via the media. He is manipulating both the FBI and us, the Public. F+ck Tim Cook and Apple (in general and in this particular case).
    West (Anon)

    West Derwin April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • yeah apple is in the right if i was tim cooks i would say no aswell

    The Beast April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • All any real hacker needed was to know for sure its possible… Thank you FBI and Apple… Fckn morons

    J Bezzie April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • Why doesn't the FBI hand the phone to Apple.  Apple can retrieve what information is stored on that phone, give a hard copy of the information and phone back to the FBI. Doing this will save Apple from a loss in revenue that this breech in security would do.

    terry hollands April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • My original views on this were in line with Cenk's and what seems to be most tech people. However, I am now leaning more in the other direction based on Sam Harris' most recent podcast. It seems to me that Apple has made a lock and now they do not want to responsibility of holding the key. It doesn't seem like the government is asking for the key in this case. It seems like they have simply asked Apple to unlock the phone. To use Sam Harris' analogy, if we had the technology to allow people to have un-penetrable rooms in their houses, would it simply become a right of ours to have those rooms? I think not. Don't get me wrong, if we are talking about Snowden and government surveillance that is a much different conversation and I am on the side of Snowden. But this seems like people have gone too far in the direction of anti-government surveillance.

    Jaden Stock April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • Cloud servers should just host encrypted information. At no point should the server be able to decrypt anything. Any solution that only encrypts the communication between device and server, but allows the server to decrypt the information, is not safe and no individual should trust that company to host its data. The argument of weakening encryption or giving the server the decryption key is a breach of trust.

    robinbuster April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • I can unlock it but it will cost you an island with a mansion, $5billion, Private Jet, Corporate Helicopter, a $100M yatch, High class Hookers for life, 10 servants, 50 bodyguards, Immunity against any future criminal or corporate crime and I don't want to pay taxes anymore.

    Mr. Reaper April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • if you dont think the Chinese or Russians are not going to find a way to exploit exploit the backdoor you just dont understand the technology.

    kingofblades April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • china will be happy to have a backdoor to apple phones

    TELEVISIBLE April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • the best solution is the FBI should give the iPhone to Apple and Apple (in private) should unlock the phone and never tell anyone how they did it.

    Elijah Canel April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • It's not about privacy. It's about profit. Apple dominates the global market and if they cooperated with the U.S. Government to infringe on users privacy it sets up a bad picture for iPhone users in China, Indonesia, India. If they give into the government then they will lose their dominance in the global market. If Apple doesn't protect this trademark security passcode then they lose their tech dominance all over the world.

    Matt Villiott April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • I've seen a iPhone hacked exposing a glitch enabling unlimited try's for 15 minutes.
    They have all the phone records already voice & text. The just want remote access to any iPhone.
    They could also take it apart cross wire it to another iPhone and access everything. Kinda like a battery jump but more challenging
    They want access everything remotely on every phone. Microphones camera everything

    shadowdance4666 April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • they make it
    day 1 FBI uses software
    day 2 every decent black hat in existence attacks the FBI get software
    day 7 now one dark web for 9.99 a copy in bitcoin

    sunny leveson April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • They screwed up by resetting the iCloud password on the iPhone making it impossible for it to backup to the cloud. Mobile device management should've been enabled on this government phone. It would've made data recovery a trivial task.

    Dennis Dewey April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • Thank you Tim Cook for being brave enough to stand your ground against our shady ass gov't for the protection and privacy of your customers. I appreciate that.

    MichelleseaChelle April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • who's to say that the government already has access to apple personal information on people without apple knowing?! Also who's to say that apple co operations already gave information already to them?!

    slice April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • It is highly unlikely that this phone contains any data they cannot get already. The can get his call and SMS records from the phone company, they can get his email records from the service provider, they can get his wifi records by using the SSID and IMEI which also gives the cell location records. They can get his Facebook and Twitter records from those companies and they can probably see his photos through other sources.

    This is about hacking privacy, it could also be used to PLANT files on phones. The FBI are lying about their motives and the American people should be worried about it (as the rest of the world undoubtedly are). Edward Snowden opened the worlds eyes up to what the US agencies really want and it is to spy on EVERYONE. They can glean data that could be used against you, no matter how innocent it may seem.

    loquayrocks April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • Why don't they contact Verizon, Google or any advertising agency they all have the Contact List, pictures, browsing history and videos on this phone.

    EZ Off Grid April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • So what is the agenda for the US government to get this back door? Does the US government want to know how much money you have in your accounts? Don't most people use their Iphones to pay their bills? Does the government need more money? It does have a lot of debt, right? Now if the government did get this back door, isn't the government famous for being hacked by other countries of cyber crimes? So by giving up your right for the sake of security you give up your security and the whole world will know the money in your accounts after the world hacks the government, right?

    David777111 April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • the same people in power who brought you spying on its own citizens via the NSA' hmmmm not a great idea

    Garnet K April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • apple sucks bro

    Arlen Moulton2 April 15, 2016 2:24 am
  • I've said this before, the data in the phone can be read out by pulling the memory chips off the board and reading out the data. The FBI surely knows this, so it can't be about this phone but rather having the ability to spy without a warrant in a warrant-less fashion

    etmax1 April 15, 2016 2:24 am
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