The war of words between Apple and the Federal Government escalated today with the Department of Justice accusing the tech giant of “intentionally” hindering the FBI’s investigation into last year’s San Bernardino killings.
“Here, Apple deliberately raised technological barriers that now stand between a lawful warrant and an iPhone containing evidence related to the terrorist mass murder of 14 Americans. Apple alone can remove those barriers so that the FBI can search the phone, and it can do so without undue burden,” the DOJ claimed in a motion filed in federal court earlier today.
Apple maintains that the government’s request to hack into the iPhone carried by one of the San Bernardino shooters will have ramifications well beyond the case at hand, and will result in weaker security for all of its products.
According to CNBC, President Obama is expected to address the issue directly while speaking at the South by Southwest technology conference later this week. Earlier this week, NSA whistleblower and wanted fugitive Edward Snowden made headlines after saying the FBI’s claim that it is unable to crack the iPhone’s security without Apple’s help was untrue.
“The FBI says Apple has the ‘exclusive technical means’ to unlock the phone,” Snowden said. “Respectfully, that’s horse sh#t.”