31 Things You Need to Know About Apple’s Fight with the FBI

I'm sorry for the clickbait-like title, but I thought this would be the best way to break down the facts in this case, looking at what the FBI has to gain, and what Apple, Google, Microsoft, the American people, and citizens all over the world has to lose. I noticed while talking to a friend over the weekend that many people don't understand this issue. So, here's 31 facts about the San Bernardino case and the FBI's attempts to force Apple to make a hacked version of iOS.

  1. The San Bernardino attack ended with 14 people killed and 22 people seriously injured on December 2nd, 2015.
  2. The phone the FBI is trying to hack into is an iPhone 5c. It was not the shooter's phone, it was actually his work phone.
  3. The shooter had a personal smartphone, which was his main phone. He destroyed it before the shooting, and nothing can be recovered from it.
  4. Authorities don't think there will actually be any useful information on the shooter's work phone.

  5. With a police request, Apple can currently decrypt the iCloud backups stored on their servers.
  6. Apple is looking to make iCloud backups so secure that even they cannot break into them.
  7. Apple gave the FBI full backups of the shooter's work phone up to October 16th. There were no backups after that date. The shooting occurred 44 days after this day.
  8. The FBI could have gotten all of the information they needed off of the shooters phone very easily, all they would have had to do is plug the phone in near the shooter's WiFi router, allow it to automatically back up, then have Apple give them the backups. Apple wanted to do this solution.
  9. Instead, following the FBI's instruction, the San Bernardino police department changed the shooter's phone, locking the FBI out of the phone, who now had to get Apple to help them hack it.
  10. The FBI has numerous phones they want to get into, as do many local police departments for drug and marijuana users and dealers. This was the high profile case they needed to win public support for a hack.
  11. Apple cannot break the encryption of any phone.
  12. Apple cannot access iMessages that passed through their servers, as they use “end-to-end” encryption. Only the people who sent or received the messages can read them.
  13. A new iPhone running iOS 9 with a 6 digit passcode is impossible to break into right now, but that would change if the FBI wins the right to force Apple to write software against their will.
  14. Apple has security measures in place that would wipe the iPhone if the FBI tries to guess the passcode too often.
  15. The FBI is actually asking Apple to create a dangerously insecure version of iOS so they can break into the phone, they're not asking Apple to break into just one phone for them, they're asking for software that would allow them to break into any iPhone.
  16. If Apple is forced to comply, the FBI would be able to break into the iPhone in seconds.
  17. If Apple is forced to comply, the government would have set a very dangerous new precedent that would extend outside of the tech industry, allowing them to violate constitutional rights.
  18. Software is considered free speech, which is the first and most important amendment to the constitution.
  19. If the FBI wins, the government will be able to force employees of companies to work against their will, violating their right to free speech and liberty.
  20. Pharmaceutical companies, for example, could be forced to produce lethal injection drugs.
  21. All smartphone manufacturers will be targeted by the U.S. government to make backdoor access for their smartphones.
  22. Apple's “GovtOS,” the hacked version of iOS, would leak out to hackers and foreign governments all over the world, just as Apple secrets and U.S. government secrets leak out.
  23. Foreign governments will be able to spy on their own citizens as well as American citizens.
  24. Oppressive regimes could use the technology to find “crimes” committed by their citizens, such as speaking out against he government or even just being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, and put them to death. Their phones are the only things protecting them.
  25. Smartphones all over the world would go from secure places to store banking info, credit cards, contacts, emails, and messages to insecure windows into our private lives.
  26. Personal security would essentially be dismantled, as all smartphone and desktop operating systems would have gaping security holes.
  27. The FBI has admitted that this case is about setting a precedent, not the contents of the phone.
  28. Knowing all of this, every Republican presidential candidate still want to force Apple to create an insecure version of iOS against their will.
  29. Apple's defense in this case is forcing on the requested violation of their first amendment rights.
  30. The FBI's argument that Apple is doing this for marketing purposes is unfounded, Apple is pushing for freedom of speech, security, and privacy, not commercialization.
  31. Forcing Apple to create this “GovtOS” would dismantle personal security and privacy, open people up to phone thieves, and hackers, create a surveillance based police state, and dismantle the first amendment.

There you go! You're now all up to date. Now when your friends are discussing the FBI vs Apple case, you can give them all the details of the case. If you'd like to read more about the FBI vs. Apple case, you can read the articles below. Apple needs your support. People all over the world need your support. Be sure to vocalize your support for Apple so lawmakers know we won't tolerate encroachments on our rights to free speech, privacy, and personal security.

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