Pensacola : Apple's take his argument to the american minister of Justice


As in a repetition of the case of San Bernardino, Apple has responded to the attorney general of the United States, William Barr, as well as the FBI, who require his assistance for the release of two iPhone. Apple has again drawn a red line between what she is willing to do and what she absolutely can’t.


On 6 December, Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a member of the saudi army training in the United States, has killed three people and wounded eight others on the naval base military in Pensacola Florida. An act qualified as terrorist.


The object of the query is similar to that of the case of San Bernardino, where the FBI wanted that Apple provide a way to bypass the protections of the iPhone by creating a backdoor in iOS. Something that Apple has always refused, forcing the FBI to turn to a third party to circumvent this lock.


At the time of his act, the shooter of Pensacola had two iphones, a 5 and a 7. He laid on the ground one of the two, on which he fired a burst, the other has not suffered any damage. The investigators were able to put back into service, the iPhone is damaged, however, both the phones have their access locked. The services assume that they contain traces of exchanges with possible accomplices.


In a long statement, Apple rejected the statement of William Barr, according to which no “substantial assistance ” has been provided (read The american minister of Justice wants Apple to unlock the iPhone shooter of Pensacola) and place on the schedule of exchanges with the FBI.


As of 6 December, of the “numerous and varied ” have been supplied in response to requests from the FBI feels a few hours after the events. Then, from 7 to 14, six additional queries have led to provide, among other backups iCloud, account information and transaction data for multiple accounts. Apple has responded in a diligent manner, she insists, passing several giga-bytes.


This is only between 6 and 8 January that the FBI is back with new requests, and that Apple has learned of the existence of a second iPhone on which the investigators faced. Apple took the lid off the passage timing of the federal agency, by recalling that it is essential that requests be made as soon as possible to ” access information and find new options “.


In conclusion, it traces this border, it does not intend to cross in the case of Pensacola, as she has refused to do so for San Bernardino in 2016 :



We have always maintained that there is no back door just to the right. Backdoors can also be exploited by those who threaten our national security and the security of our customers ‘ data. Today, the forces of the order have access to more data than ever before, so that the Americans do not have to choose between weaken encryption and to solve cases. We believe that encryption is essential to protect our country, and our users ‘ data.



The position of Apple does not change, goal Obama’s Trump, the american administration has changed. David Bowdich, assistant director in the FBI, assured that the agency was not seeking to weaken encryption systems. However, William Barr has suggested that to obtain such an option, through a law, when such boxes arise, was discussed.


The statement from Apple :



We were devastated to learn of the tragic terrorist attack on members of the US armed services at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida on December 6th. We have the greatest respect for law enforcement and routinely work with police across the country on their investigations. When law enforcement requests our assistance, our teams work around the clock to provide them with the information we have.




We reject the characterization that Apple has not provided substantive assistance in the Pensacola investigation. Our responses to their many requests since the attack have been timely, thorough and are ongoing.




Within hours of the FBI”s first request on December 6th, we produced a wide variety of information associated with the investigation. From December 7th through the 14th, we received six additional legal requests and in response provided information including iCloud backups, account information and transactional data for multiple accounts.




We responded to each request promptly, often within hours, sharing information with FBI offices in Jacksonville, Pensacola and New York. The queries resulted in many gigabytes of information that we turned over to investigators. In every instance, we responded with all of the information that we had.




The FBI only notified us on January 6th that they needed additional assistance — a month after the attack occurred. Only then did we learn about the existence of a second iPhone associated with the investigation and the FBI’s inability to access either iPhone. It was not until January 8th that we received a subpoena for information related to the second iPhone, which we responded to within hours. Early outreach is critical to accessing information and finding additional options.




We are continuing to work with the FBI, and our engineering teams recently had a call to provide additional technical assistance. Apple has great respect for the Bureau’s work, and we will work tirelessly to help them investigate this tragic attack on our nation.




We have always maintained there is no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys. Backdoors can also be exploited by those who threaten our national security and the data security of our customers. Today, law enforcement has access to more data than ever before in history, so Americans do not have to choose between weakening encryption and solving investigations. We feel strongly encryption is vital to protecting our country and our users’ data.




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