Apple users have their fingers crossed as Apple prepares to take on the FBI in court tomorrow. The Riverside magistrate judge will hear the FBI’s take on the need to hack into Apple’s software in light of the San Bernardino shooting, and Apple will fight to ensure that the iOS operating system remains backdoor-free.
Apple fans are raising questions about the usage of the term “Backdoor”, and this is what it is:
Backdoor usage has been very common in past. In early 80’s the term was known as “trapdoor”, implying that programmers or software designers would leave a trapdoor in device; that may be used to break into the device in future. Later in the 90’s when the crypto-war started, data privacy advocates focused more upon the government’s proposal to record users’ decryption key to create backdoors whenever needed. The Dual EC DRBG Standard, built by NASA to spy on any device, has bothered huge many users worldwide.
The FBI has put Apple on the spot, by forcing it to implement the Backdoor. While Apple considers this to be the first step towards creating an intentional vulnerability in iOS devices, the major concern for data privacy advocates and Apple users is whether Apple will approve the backdoor update without erasing the encryption keys. Apple stated that it has been caught off guard and it never expected the government to put up such a demand.
Should the FBI win the case, a large number of iPhone and iPad users might consider switching to Android in a desperate attempt to keep their data and privacy secure.