Tim Cook and Apple are preparing for the legal diatribe against not only the US Justice Department but also the FBI and even US President Donald Trump, about the request to unlock the iPhones of the Pensacola shooting. A case that seems to faithfully retrace what has already happened for the San Bernardino attack that led to the direct clash between Apple and the FBI on the unlocking of iPhones.
The CEO of Cupertino would have already privately assembled a small team of specialists with a twofold objective: on the one hand to tone down tones and direct confrontation with the authorities, on the other to defend Apple's position on encryption, privacy and security.
With the details of the ongoing maneuvers, the positions and moods of the two sides also emerge. In Cupertino, such a rapid escalation of the story does not seem expected. Recall that about a week ago the FBI requested Apple's intervention to unlock the iPhones of the Pensacola shooting, a request to which Cupertino would not have provided the requested help, at least according to the letter from the Secretary of Justice Bill Barr of a few days later.
In its response, the multinational specifies that it has already provided complete and timely help to the police, at the same time for rejecting the request to create a backdoor on their devices, an operation that would put at risk the security and data of all iPhone users in the world . In the past few hours, Apple's intervention on the iPhones of the Pensacola shooting was also prompted by US President Donald Trump with a Twitter post.
In the Cupertino headquarters, some believe that the law enforcement agencies have not yet tried all the possible solutions before asking for help from Apple. In particular, it is not clear whether FBI and the Justice Department have already used the tools of Cellebrite and Grayshift, capable of unlocking iPhones to recover data, chats, messages and other useful information for investigations. Conversely, according to the New York Times, the Secretary of Justice and other government officials declare that all external options and solutions have already been implemented but without success, forcing the authorities to request Cupertino's help.
The double strategy underway in Apple seems to be to aim for an external solution, minimizing the clash with the authorities, defending Cupertino's positions on encryption, privacy and security, always aiming for a solution that does not oblige Cupertino to break the security of own devices and platforms.