The saga between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) continues with news this week that the FBI have found an alternative route to unlocking the San Bernardino iPhone. This case has divided opinions, not only our forensics lab, but around the world. "Should Apple assist?" Encryption and the protection of privacy is becoming more and more important and in the front of everyones minds. But if you create an encryption product do you have a moral obligation to assist law enforcement with decryption? It is well known that criminal organisations are continually seeking ways to hide their activities and following the exposure of law enforcement practices leaked by Edward Snowden this has be come even more so. So I find myself asking the question, "Are companies who create encryption products making us safer or putting us more at risk?"
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) might not need Apple's assistance to unlock iPhone 5C that belonged to San Bernardino shooter, Syed Rizwan Farook.