Apple to fight court order to decrypt San Bernardino shooter phone

A US federal magistrate has ordered Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Apple has security features installed on all iPhones that wipe the phones content if an incorrect password is entered 10 times. Sheri Pym, the federal judge, has ordered Apple not to turn off its encryption but to make it easier for federal agents to randomly guess the suspects’ iPhone passcode.

In an open letter Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, is rejecting the request based on the precedent it would set. “Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices.”

In a side note, John Mcafee, (Mcafee Antivirus software) has offered to decrypt the phone using social engineering.