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Apple, Americans, And Security vs. FBI

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Last stats I heard, 65% of people who access the internet do so via an android device. That is a huge percentage. Next we have iphones which this store pertains to, and also all devices iphones or not.

This week's order by a federal magistrate judge requiring Apple to engineer new security flaws in its iPhone software operating system has prompted widespread and escalating controversy. Legitimate concerns about its implications have driven users around the country to raise their voices in defense of not only their privacy, but also the security of their online platforms threatened by the FBI's demands. 

- Beyond a single phone - 

While the FBI has framed its demand as addressing a single phone, it has failed to address concerns that the implementation of the order - which was issued on the same day the FBI submitted its motion, without changes - would necessarily place at risk the security of millions of other devices and the people who use them. 

This week's order requires the development of a new software vulnerability that, as explained by the device's manufacturer, "n the wrong hands...would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession." 


This tool would be dangerous, whether used by a black hat hacker who might infiltrate Apple systems, a future FBI investigation emboldened by this week's order to apply the precedent in other less compelling settings, or a dictatorship looking for new ways to oppress people that might cite the company's compliance with this FBI demand as a reason to comply with those of its own intelligence agencies. As my colleague Nate Cardozo explained on the PBS News Hour ... 
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