The result of the ongoing battle between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is an unknown future, but some Apple engineers are already planning ahead.
According to a report published by The New York Times, some engineers working for Apple may decide to just simply not cooperate with the FBI — even if it wins the court case involving unlocking an iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters last year. The report cites a half dozen interviews the publication conducted with those involved in the building of security and mobile products at Apple:
“Apple employees are already discussing what they will do if ordered to help law enforcement authorities. Some say they may balk at the work, while others may even quit their high-paying jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have already created, according to more than a half-dozen current and former Apple employees.”
The engineers within Apple’s ranks are essential to the FBI’s progress in accessing the iPhone in question, at least according to the bureau (despite some claiming that’s not entirely true). Specifically, they would need to create a new version of iOS that would allow for the FBI to access the contents therein. Apple, in previous statements, has said that it would take up to six engineers, working up to four weeks, to accomplish what the FBI wants.
“Among those interviewed were Apple engineers who are involved in the development of mobile products and security, as well as former security engineers and executives.
The potential resistance adds a wrinkle to a very public fight between Apple, the world’s most valuable company.”
This is a situation that has quickly snowballed, and will probably continue to do so as the case stretches on. The fact that Apple’s engineers are considering resisting to work with the FBI, even if the court case goes the agency’s way and not Apple’s, is a bold move, to say the least.[via The New York Times]