Craig Federighi: FBI Wants to 'Turn Back Clock to Less-Secure Time'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple VP Craig Federighi has published an op-ed in The Washington Post in which he criticizes the idea of a government backdoor into the company's software and accuses the FBI of wanting to "turn back the clock to a less-secure time".

    In the op-ed, published yesterday, Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering writes that Apple 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".

    Federighi notes that in just the past 18 months, hackers have stolen millions of people's credit card information, social security numbers and fingerprint records from retail chains, banks and even the federal government. However, Federighi calls these digital defense breaches "the tip of the iceberg".
    Federighi adds that the encryption technology built into Apple's iPhones doesn't just help keep customers' information secure, but also provides "a critical line of defense against criminals who seek to implant malware or spyware and to use the device of an unsuspecting person to gain access to a business, public utility or government agency." Therefore any attempt to hamper Apple's attempts to plug points of weakness in the company's software would be "a serious mistake".
    Last month, FBI director James Comey penned an editorial in which he rejected Apple CEO Tim Cook's assertion that the agency was trying to set a precedent in its attempts to compel the company to create a backdoor into its software, calling the particular legal issue "actually quite narrow".

    However, in a U.S. congressional hearing just last week, Comey admitted under oath that the outcome of the dispute would likely "guide how other courts handle similar requests". Additionally, in the same hearing, New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance said New York now has more than a hundred devices it would like to see unlocked, further confirming Apple's point that the argument isn't about just one iPhone.

    Apple has officially opposed an order that would require it to help the FBI break into the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook and will now face off against the government in court on March 22.

    Dozens of technology companies, industry trade groups, and encryption experts have submitted documents to support Apple, all catalogued on Apple's website. Five families of San Bernardino victims have filed in support of the FBI.

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    Article Link: Craig Federighi: FBI Wants to 'Turn Back Clock to Less-Secure Time'
  2. 8692574 Suspended


    Mar 18, 2006
    If I could turn back time
    If I could find a way I'd take back those words that hurt you and you'd stay

    I don't know why I did the things I did I don't know why I said the things I said
    Pride's like a knife it can cut deep inside
    Words are like weapons they wound sometimes.

    I didn't really mean to hurt you I didn't wanna see you go I know I made you cry, but baby

    If I could turn back time
    If I could find a way
    I'd take back those words that hurt you
    And you'd stay
    If I could reach the stars
    I'd give them all to you
    Then you'd love me, love me
    Like you used to do

    If I could turn back time

    My world was shattered I was torn apart
    Like someone took a knife and drove it deep in my heart
    You walked out that door I swore that I didn't care
    But I lost everything darling then and there

    Too strong to tell you I was sorry
    Too proud to tell you I was wrong
    I know that I was blind, and ooh...



    If I could turn back time
    If I could turn back time
    If I could turn back time
    ooh baby

    I didn't really mean to hurt you
    I didn't want to see you go
    I know I made you cry

    [Chorus #2]
    If I could turn back time
    If I could find a way
    I'd take back those words that hurt you
    If I could reach the stars
    I'd give them all to you
    Then you'd love me, love me
    Like you used to do

    If I could turn back time (turn back time)
    If I could find a way (find a way)
    Then baby, maybe, maybe
    You'd stay

    [to fade]
    Reach the stars
    If I could reach the stars.

    By Cher from FBI to Apple
  3. Morod macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2008
    On The Nickel, over there....
    Keep to the high ground, Apple. Stay the course, so to speak.
  4. Knighstalker macrumors regular


    Dec 23, 2009
    In the Web
    Should of, could of, would of... What is up with this trend of turning back time? Turn back time on the iPhone and crash it. Turn back time to install OS X. Turn back time to iOS 7. Did someone build a time machine? Sheesh...
  5. nicovh macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2015
    He needs a new mugshot. It looks like he is holding in a huge fart or worse.... Doesn't really match the message he is trying to convey
  6. iapplelove, Mar 7, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2016

    iapplelove macrumors 68040


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Time travel is very possible. I know it's hard for people to grasp the concept because here in the 3rd dimension it just feels impossible.

    Unfortunately our black budget secret space program travels in time constantly using anti gravity propulsion systems along with worm holes, star gates and our galaxies natural portals.

    In space the past, present and future are all one, as space and time are the same. It's unfortunate our school systems BS us on the real truths about space and time.

    Edit: forgot to mention still very proud apple is sticking to its principals. I don't feel any other tech company would have done the same faced with the same decision.
  7. mdridwan47 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
    I think we need to strike a balance between privacy and security.
  8. -BigMac- Suspended


    Apr 15, 2011
  9. iapplelove macrumors 68040


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Technically we all are lol
  10. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    Ya think Craig?

    The FBI ****ed up in so many ways they now want Apple to clean up their ****** little mess to which I say good luck with that.
  11. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    Yes, even Tim released a recent photo that appeared to have been taken while experiencing indegestion, resulting in a more serious demeanor.
  12. -BigMac- Suspended


    Apr 15, 2011
    i however have morphed into a charming young steve jobs, where as you.. have a more exotic look :D
  13. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Not to nitpick, but Craig's title is SVP, not VP.
  14. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    Less-Securetime is not as much fun as Facetime or Quicktime.
  15. Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013
    All we have to do is look at the Snowden incident to see how the Government handles privacy and security.
  16. decafjava macrumors 68000


    Feb 7, 2011
    Well a post of yours I can agree with. Bet Google and especially Facebook are supporting Apple with red faces now. I can't help thinking Apple is being punished for being among the last to join PRISM.

    As to the time travel, well we do travel all of us into the future, I do think we have a poor perception of time the same way some primitive who has never flown would not know the true nature of the shape of the earth or the cosmos. No comment on the rest as it's wildly off topic.
  17. pika2000 macrumors 68030

    Jun 22, 2007
    And majority of US politicians (even the democrats) consider Snowden as a traitor.

    It will be interesting. A so called liberal and progressive thinking company such as Apple will be going against all democrats and republicans. Who will the hipsters support? :D
  18. photographypro macrumors regular


    Jul 7, 2010
    American in Pisa (Italy)
    It's a damn lie when the FBI says this is only about one iPhone. What amazes me is no one is discussing the fact that the terrorists destroyed two personal cell phones to the point where the FBI is unable to get any information off those phones. They also removed a hard drive from their computer which to date has not been found.

    I'm sure the terrorists didn't say "we won't destroy this iPhone because we trust Apple and Tim Cook to protect the data on it." If there was anything of value on this iPhone it would've been destroyed!
  19. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Apple can turn back time by selling a Mac Pro from 2014 in 2016.
  20. shaunp macrumors 65816

    Nov 5, 2010
    This is worrying because if Apple is forced to give in to one government it's forced to give in to them all. However this could all be a decoy and they have really unlocked it and we really have no privacy. Just a thought.
  21. Taipan macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
  22. Tech198, Mar 7, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2016

    Tech198 macrumors G4

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    oh man, i seriously got that song stuck in my head now :p thanks allot.

    So Apple gone a wacky with security, that's ok

    Mental note: iOS is a "personal device" but only after iOS 8 when hardware security was introduced because it became standard with Apple only then. Before that, it was just a regular smart phone like everyone else's, so its only logical that this happens NOW.

    I would have like to see Frederighi to say this back then ? he can't.

    Not that privacy and security aren't important, but if u never take into account the "change" i reckon that in itself an important issue which would decide the case.
  23. iOSFangirl6001 macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2015
    Well it's about time the judge and FBI see/admit this is about more than 1 phone and this this could set a precedence.

    **sits on edge of seat eating popcorn waiting for next development and rooting for Apple**
  24. diipii macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2012
    The FBI is perfectly entitled to take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and security and I demand the FBI has access to anybody's phone who might compromise those states. This is just plain old common sense it today's world.
    Apple must stop this myopic, hysterical posturing and act in a normal adult fashion.
    Federighi's comments are just those of a bought man doing what bought men do.
  25. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    A balance? Is that like being a little pregnant? You either have security or you don't.

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