According to Craig Federighi, the FBI’s encryption demand to place a backdoor into the Apple smartphones is the equivalent of turning back to a time when technologies were much less secure. Unfortunately, this will also put millions of iPhone users at great risk.
The race between developers and hackers seems to be fiercer than ever. While software engineers are always improving encryption and security across various devices and operating systems, hackers are hard at work on finding their vulnerabilities and exploiting them.
The whole controversy revolves around the case of the San Bernardino shooter. The FBI is currently demanding Apple to create a backdoor so they could peek inside his iPhone, but the major company has refused to comply.
Craig Federighi, the software engineering vice president at Apple, has warned that going back to a time when security was not so strong will lead to our doom. Last Sunday, Federighi has published an op-ed in the well-known The Washington Post where he detailed his concerns.
He is not the first to argue that a new backdoor for iPhones would downgrade the security of all Apple devices and thus millions of users. Not to mention that we would all be back in 2013. While the decision of Apple has been criticized by public figures such as Donald Trump, it has received support from the likes of Microsoft and Google.
Federighi has stated in is op-ed that Apple is doing putting great efforts into staying ahead of attackers who want to steal personal information or gain control of certain devices in order to commit larger assaults. Unfortunately, the threats have only become more dangerous over time. Along with the FBI, the Justice Department and law enforcement are demanding the major company to revert to the iOS 7 safeguards, which were used back in 2013. However, this security type has been previously breached by hackers.
According to Federighi,
“Great software has seemingly limitless potential to solve human problems — and it can spread around the world in the blink of an eye. Malicious code moves just as quickly, and when software is created for the wrong reason, it has a huge and growing capacity to harm millions of people.”
The choice of Apple seems the wisest in the current situation when we are all threatened by various hackers. The latest new on the matter do not look too bright either: ransomware is targeting Apple’s Mac. Software engineers will have to continue working tirelessly to keep both individuals and companies safe from such attacks.
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