Apple hits back at ‘incisive’ claim by US government

app.jpgApple create software to unlock an iPhone used by an attacker in a mass shooting last year. The FBI’s claim that it needs Apple to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook “horsesh!t,” the U.S. Justice Department hit back in a court filing according to BBC news.

Apple’s general counsel Bruce Sewell told reporters on a conference call: “The tone of the brief reads like an indictment”.

He said: “Everybody should beware because it seems like disagreeing with the Department of Justice means you must be evil and anti-American, nothing could be further from the truth.”

FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that “there was a mistake” made when the FBI asked San Bernardino County, which owned the phone, to reset the password for an account tied to Syed Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people in the December 2 shootings. Authorities were hoping that way to recover at least some of the stored data even while the phone was locked.

Apple said “This case is about the Department of Justice and the FBI seeking through the courts a dangerous power that Congress and the American people have withheld.”