“The latest filing in the legal war between the planet’s most powerful government and its most valuable company gave one indication of how the high-stakes confrontation could escalate even further,” Joseph Menn reports for Reuters.
“In what observers of the case called a carefully calibrated threat, the U.S. Justice Department last week suggested that it would be willing to demand that Apple turn over the ‘source code’ that underlies its products as well as the so-called ‘signing key’ that validates software as coming from Apple,” Menn reports. “Together, those two things would give the government the power to develop its own spying software and trick any iPhone into installing it. Eventually, anyone using an Apple device would be unable to tell whether they were using the real thing or a version that had been altered by officials to be used as a spy tool.”
“Technology and security experts said that if the U.S. government was able to obtain Apple’s source code with a conventional court order, other governments would demand equal rights to do the same thing,” Menn reports. “‘We think that would be pretty terrible,’ said Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the nonprofit Center for Democracy & Technology.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The DOJ and the FBI have officially gone batshit insane.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759