Moscow, January 14 – “News. Economy ”Apple refused the request of US Attorney General William Barr to unlock two smartphones belonging to Mohammed Saeed al-Shamrani. An employee of the Saudi Arabian Air Force, trained at an American naval base in Pensacola, Florida, shot dead three and injured eight colleagues, on December 6, after which he was killed.
Apple fundamentally disagrees with the official’s statement. Therefore, company representatives issued an official press release explaining their position. In Cupertino they assure that they provided law enforcement authorities with all the information available on the arrow, which should be enough to attach it to the case and use it in the interests of the investigation. But, as for unlocking the terrorist’s smartphones, the company said that this will not happen under any circumstances, because it violates Apple’s principles for protecting the privacy of each user.
“We have always stated that there are no“ backdoors just for the good guys. ”Those who threaten our national security and the security of our customers’ data can use this access. Today, law enforcement agencies have access to the largest amount of data in history. So Americans should not choose between weakening encryption and successfully conducting investigations, “Apple said.
The FBI has permission to seize information that is encrypted and stored on a locked iPhone. However, without Apple’s involvement, bureau employees cannot access it. It is noted that the FBI tried to find the relevant code, but its attempts were unsuccessful.
Apple provides user data at the request of authorities if the information is stored in iCloud. The situation with local data on the drive of a mobile device is different: you cannot get it without a password and remote access.
The US Attorney General said that the authorities did not receive “substantial” assistance from Apple in the investigation of the shooting, which was arranged at a military base in Pensacola by a cadet from Saudi Arabia. Barr also called on technology companies to help the FBI unlock the two iPhones owned by the attacker.
“We reject allegations that Apple did not provide significant assistance in the investigation of Pensacola. Our responses to numerous requests (by the authorities) have always been timely and thorough, we continue to give these answers,” Apple said in a statement.
Apple claims to have shared information with the FBI in Jacksonville, Pensacola, and New York by transferring gigabytes of data to investigators. Moreover, all information available to the company was transmitted in full.
Apple claims that the FBI’s first request was received on December 6, and various information was sent to the authorities regarding the investigation. Then, six more requests were received, in response to which Apple provided device backups, account and transaction data. “We responded quickly, often within a few hours,” the company said.
On Monday, the US Attorney General called the shooting at a military base a terrorist act and asked Apple to unlock the iPhone 5 and iPhone 7, owned by al-Shamrani. One of the smartphones, a Saudi soldier incapacitated by a shot, the other escaped damage. Investigators hope that the information on smartphones will help establish those with whom the shooter talked.
In 2016, there was a similar case where Apple opposed the FBI. Then law enforcement officers needed to get information from the iPhone 5c, which belonged to the terrorist who staged the massacre in San Bernardino. Desperate to crack the device on its own, the FBI enlisted the support of a federal judge and turned directly to Apple for this.
The company reacted extremely negatively to this request, saying that the FBI, in fact, requires creating a special version of iOS with a built-in backdoor – a “master key from hundreds of millions of doors”. And although the scandal managed to gain considerable momentum, in the end the confrontation came to naught, as the phone was successfully hacked without the help of Apple (and it cost the FBI more than a million dollars).