U.S. v. Apple
Probably many of you own iPhones. If you do, you probably rely on them extensively and assume you can
do so safely. In Module Zero, you read about the U.S. v. Apple case, which dealt with the U.S. government’s efforts to force the Apple corporation to assist in unlocking an iPhone owned by the terrorist responsible for a mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA, on December 2, 2015.
Review the following information:
San Bernardino shooting investigated as ‘act of terrorism’ (Links to an external site.)
“Apple fights court order to help FBI hack San Bernardino shooter’s phone” video about the FBI hiring
“hackers for hire” (who they paid a lot of money) to open the locked iPhone.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znwmdCeNVrY (Links to an external site.)
Discuss how you feel about the government hiring “hackers for hire” to “crack” technology that they
Address the following questions:
Should Apple even be able to refuse to cooperate with the FBI?
How do you feel about the FBI, ostensibly the most capable investigative force on the planet, not having
the ability or resources to do this themselves, and having to hire unnamed, sketchy people, and pay them a lot of money, to do this work for them?
Does it influence your thoughts that the government’s actions have probably rendered your iPhone
(regardless of the model) less secure, and that the government gained no useful evidence as a result of this very expensive fishing expedition?
Take a position and state your opinion.