The United States Government incessant effort to demand that electronics manufacturer Apple unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernadino’s shooters may actually threaten national security claims Craig Federinghi a Senior Vice President of engineering at apple. The creation of a back door is just that, an established way to get access to something that today does not exist, and would open the way for unforeseen consequences and allow for greater damage to the national interest than no being able to enter a particular phone. It is possible that Terrorists could launch attacks on necessary infrastructure through accessing this critical line of defense.
Accoring to Code Ferret “Arguing that only bad actors need worry about government intrusions is specious since the data analytics that sifts through metadata and associated content to establish networks of associations … is hardly foolproof,”
In addition, writes Sophia Cope “Compelling Apple to build a backdoor for its own product actually undermines the security and personal safety of millions of Americans and others around the world, especially those living under authoritarian regimes,” a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
More over, it is admirable that Apple is putting up such a strong fight in the name of liberty and the interest of the people considering the corruption and abuse of power inherent to the FBI and NSA. It seems all to obvious that if this backdoor were constructed we can rest assured that the FBI of given the opportunity to abuse the power or authority given to them will. If the priority of restraint is placed on the good graces and judgement of the FBI they will abuse it, and Apple knows this.
Sophia also goes on to argue that “It’s not only weakening encryption for individuals and companies — it’s also weakening encryption for the American government. By creating the possibility of brute force [attacks], we are paving the way for anyone, including terrorists, to hack into our data easily.”
although as Lieberman says, “There is no win or loss in the court battle — only clarity in the government’s overall position toward law enforcement’s immediate right to access systems,” Lieberman told TechNewsWorld.
One of the major problem with this debate is that it is predicated with the perimeters of a false presupposition. The supposition is that of the logical fallacy of the ticking bomb time frame for a threat. meaning that we are being lead to believe that if we do not act now we are ourselves looking down the barrel of a gun and need to act today, to curtail our own liberties to ensure the bogie man doesn’t get us. But lets take a step back from this rhetoric and consider what we do know about the San Bernadino shooters. Although a tragedy, this was the result of 2 people largely working on their own, there would have been no way to know what they were going to do even if we had the backdoor to their phones. and ultimately there s nothing in the attack which should leave any one of sound mind to think that we are in danger of a similar one.