Apple’s war of words with FBI over encryption escalates further

Apple’s war of words with the FBI has escalated further after the firm’s vice president of software warned that an encryption order ‘puts everyone at risk’.

Writing in the Washington Post Craig Federighi warned that the FBI were seeking to force Apple to ‘turn back the clock to a less secure time’ before going on to invoke the threat of hackers utilising weakened security to break into people’s phones.

Federighi added: “In just the past 18 months hackers have repeatedly breached the defenses of retail chains, banks and even the federal government, making off with the credit card information, Social Security numbers and fingerprint records of millions of people."

Going further Federighi invoked the spectre of terrorists taking advantage of easily hackable phones in order to infiltrate and disrupt ‘sensitive networks’ such as power transmission and transportation, warning that his firm is engaged in a constant battle to stay one step ahead of criminals seeking to exploit vulnerabilities.

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