Apple's Eddy Cue Says FBI Would Abuse iPhone Backdoor

By Gary Cutlack on at

One of Apple's most important software people has launched a new positive-thinking offensive in the wake of the FBI unlocking scandal, suggesting that once security services have established an "in" into the code it could lead anywhere. It could lead to people remotely activating the phone while you're looking at Facebook on the toilet, for example.

That horror scenario for all parties involved has been outlined by Eddy Cue, a man who currently holds the position of senior vice president of Internet Software and Services at Apple. Cue was speaking in an interview translated and provided to Business Insider, when asked about the FBI's unlocking requests. He said: "When they can get us to create a new system to do new things, where will it stop?"

Keen to grasp the initiative and be the good guy, Cue continued: "For example, one day [the FBI] may want us to open your phone's camera, microphone. Those are things we can't do now. But if they can force us to do that, I think that's very bad."

He then went off on some complicated door/lock/key allegory, saying: "What they want is for us to provide a key to the backdoor of your house, but we do not have the key. Since we don’t have the key, they want us to change the lock. When we change the latchkey, it changes for everyone. And we then have a key capable of opening all phones. And that key, once it exists, exists not only for us. Terrorists, criminals, pirates, they too will be able to find and use that key to open all phones."

Pirates! This is more serious than we first thought. [Apple Insider via BGR]

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