By Crystal Norman |Staff Writer|
The FBI has asked Apple to hack into an iPhone that belonged to Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik in regards to the San Bernardino shooting this past December.
Apple immediately objected to the FBI’s first request to unlock the pin-protected phone and even when a court order was demanded, Apple again refused, according to BGR.com
“Honestly, they already have enough evidence knowing that it was Farook and if Apple agrees to unlock the phone then everything will change,” said student Alejandro Gonzales.
That’s exactly what the largest publicly traded company is afraid of, according to USA Today.
The company fears that if they agree to hacking the iPhone that this will set a “legal precedent” that will allow the government to hack into millions of phones, according to Time Magazine.
“In the wrong hands, this software… would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession,” said Chief of Apple Tim Cook in an interview with USA Today.
The company even made their stance clear by posting a news release on their website this week about how “compromising the security of our personal information can ultimately put our personal safety at risk, according to Apple.com.
“If the government can force Apple to do something they don’t want to do, then a domino effect of forcing other companies to comply with their demands will continue,” said student Astrid Grandls.