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Apple exec Craig Federighi bashes FBI in pro-encryption op-ed

by Jacob Kleinman | March 7, 2016March 7, 2016 6:10 am PDT

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Apple’s battle with the FBI over iPhone encryption continued over the weekend with a Washington Post op-ed penned by a top exec at the Cupertino company. In an article published on Sunday, software engineering chief Craig Federighi argued that your smartphone will be less secure if the U.S. government gets its way.

“As the head of software engineering at Apple, I think nothing is more important than the safety of all of our customers,” Federighi said, adding that the company “must work tirelessly to stay one step ahead of criminal attackers who seek to pry into personal information and even co-opt devices to commit broader assaults that endanger us all.”

He argued that the FBI essentially wants to “turn back the clock to a less-secure time and less-secure technologies.” Specifically, the government has said that iOS 7 secure is enough. Federighi points out that its older software has already been cracked by hackers, making it possible for pretty much anyone to gain access to a device running the older operating system.

Federighi admitted that “security is an endless race” that can never actually be won. The company needs to keep making its software more secure every year. “To slow our pace, or reverse our progress, puts everyone at risk,” he said.

Apple has previously argued that giving the FBI backdoor access to one specific iPhone could compromise the security of every iPhone on earth. CEO Tim Cook even called the special software requested by the government the “equivalent of cancer” in an interview last month.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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