Apple ordered to help FBI hack into suspected terrorist’s phone

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Officials at Apple are fighting a judge’s order to break into Syed Farooq’s iPhone.

Farooq was one of the two shooters in December’s San Bernardino shooting tragedy where 14 people were killed and 22 were seriously injured.

Apple sent a letter out to its customers indicating that the government is demanding that Apple takes a step that threatens the security of customers.

The FBI wants Apple to make a new version of the apple iPhone operating system, that would bypass certain security features in place and install it on Farooq’s phone, to help investigators obtain more information.

Harve Tannenbaum is the IT Chair at Central Penn College. He says national security and privacy can be a tough balancing act. “The government’s position is that they have a legal right to access that phone in the interest of national security,” said Tannenbaum, “Apple’s position, is one of the features of our security, and you can’t just open the door for one phone, that opens the door for all those phones”

Tannenbaum says he expects that Apple is prepared to appeal the order, and fight a long battle in court.

He says it’s tough to guess what will happen, and how long it will take to find a resolution.

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