The Federal Bureau of Investigations is facing a lawsuit brought against it by various firms for hacking into an Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone recovered after the San Bernardino attack.
The FBI had initially tried to persuade Apple to create a backdoor that would allow the FBI to gain access to the handset. The FBI stopped pressuring the iPhone maker after a third party found a way to unlock the iPhone without Apple’s assistance. The lawsuit was filed by various news organizations with the aim of getting the FBI to disclose how it gained access to the handset.
Gannett and Vice Media stated that the federal entity does not have any right to keep the technique that it used to hack into the iPhone a secret. The lawsuit was therefore filed under the Freedom of Information Act so that the court would convince the court that the bureau should be required to release the information to the public. If the information is released, Apple will most likely work on sealing any exploits to maintain the security of user information.
The idea is that allowing the FBI to continue using the iPhone hack in secrecy means it can be used to illegally gather user information. The news about the FBI lawsuit comes just a day after a hacker revealed a way to hack into an iPhone 5C using equipment that can easily be purchased for less than $100.
“The FBI’s purchase of the technology – and its subsequent verification that it had successfully obtained the data that it was seeking thanks to that technology – confirmed that a serious undisclosed security vulnerability existed in one of the most popular consumer products in the world”stated the lawsuit filing.
The organizations that filed the lawsuit claim that the public has a right to know about the hack, how it was carried out and that the FBI should work towards transparency. It is thus important that the public gets access to any information that is significant.
Apple Stock closed the recent trading session at $112.71, down by $1.91 or 1.67% compared to the value in the previous close.
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