Justice USA considering possibility to obtain source code into iPhone case




It is apparent from a footnote in a legal document that the US government is prepared to request the source code and signature key of Apple’s software. Thus the government could provide access to the iPhone one of the gunmen in San Bernardino.

Sources involved in the matter have told Reuters let know that the Justice Department is not directly going to ask actually the source code. Also, Apple would not be concerned that this is happening, and will therefore not dwell on the threat at the hearing next Tuesday. Yet the inclusion of the footnote according to Reuters insight into the US government’s strategy and it can still be used if the case, as expected, is the highest court.

The legal document possible application is called the lawyers of the government that there is so far no request has been made to request Apple source, because this move “would not be satisfying” at the company. However, if Apple wants to take this path, it does offer a solution which requires less of the company’s work.

Reuters also announced that there was no finding directly comparable case where the source code of software is requested from a company. The closest is the thing about Edward Snowden and lavabit. Snowden used the encrypted e-mail service of the company and the government wanted access to their unencrypted communications. It was then issued an injunction to lavabit, where a key was asked to e-mail traffic Snowden could be intercepted. Lavabit however, did not meet the request and closed rather its doors. It is therefore questionable whether it received a request to Apple’s success.

If the feds get their hands on the source code, they have “the keys to the kingdom, let lawyer Jesse Binnall know Reuters. With this information, the government could write his own spyware. The case surrounding the iPhone when Apple launched in February refused to cooperate with the request from the FBI to provide access to the phone from a suicide bomber, who killed fourteen people in the California San Bernardino.


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