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Apple Objects To US Court Order To Break iPhone Passcode Security For FBI
Yesterday, a United States district court judge ordered Apple to help the FBI access the smartphone of one of the perpetrators of the December 2015 mass shooting in San Bernadino, California. Apple has responded with a letter to customers signed by company CEO Tim Cook, saying the order would “undermine the very freedoms and liberty” of the United States.
In the letter, published on Apple’s website, Cook wrote that the court order — which essentially forces Apple to create a backdoor method for the FBI to break security and encryption on the iPhone — was an overreach by the government, and one that will have far more dangerous and far-reaching consequences both for Apple and its hundreds of millions of customers around the world.
US Judge Orders Apple To Help FBI Hack An iPhone
The problem of law enforcement and encryption is mostly talked about in vague terms of “backdoors” and “a new Manhattan Project”, but here’s something concrete: a US District Court Judge just ordered Apple to help the FBI access files on one of the iPhones of the San Bernardino shooters.
The ruling was handed down by Sheri Pym on Tuesday afternoon in Californian district court. According to the AP, it mandates Apple to supply the FBI with software that would prevent the iPhone from being unlocked after too many unsuccessful password attempts.
Why Wind Power Is Finally Taking Off In America
Last year saw a lot of wind turbines and farms being built. So many, that in 2015, the wind industry installed more electricity-generating capacity than any other energy source in America. That’s enough to power 19 million American homes.
Today, the American Wind Energy Association announced that there are now 8.6 gigawatts of wind power capacity on the national US electrical grid. That’s more than the 7.3 gigawatts of electricity-generating potential from solar panels installed last year and much more than the 6 gigawatts installed by natural gas.