Apple, as a company, might eventually be forced by the court to help FBI crack open the iPhone that once belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. But Apple employees are another matter.
According to a new report by The New York Times, based on input from more than six current and former Apple employees, the engineers who worked on tightening iPhone encryption might quit the company if forced to create a backdoor in the phone’s software.
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The FBI is essentially looking for Apple to create a new variant of its iOS smartphone platform, one that could be installed to the iPhone in the government’s possession and make it easier for the agency to crack open its contents. To do that, Apple would need to assemble a team of six to 10 engineers, experts who have worked on the same security features the FBI now wants them to undermine. But if some of them choose to leave the company, it would make it much harder for Apple to fulfill the FBI’s request. Read more…
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