Apple, the known creators of the popular line of iPhones, iPads, and other gadgets, has now been known to have resisted pressure from the United States law enforcement in order to unlock their encrypted smartphones. Authorities hope to unlock the iPhones to assist in their investigations with certain cases. To combat this, the Cupertino, California-based tech firm has rehired a top professional in the field of practical cryptography in order to bring more powerful security measures into a wider range of consumer products developed by the company.
Apple Hires Back Top Expert in Practical Cryptography
That professional in question of which Apple hired back is Jon Callas, who also co-founded many well-respected secure communications firms such as Silent Circle, Blackphone, and PGP Corp.. He has rejoined the ranks of the tech company in May, according to a company spokesman. Callas did work with the company in the 1990s and once more during the years 2009 to 2011. During these years, he designed an encryption system in order to protect data that are stored within a Mac computer.
Unfortunately, Apple Inc. declined to put Callas’ new role into detail, and the security professional declined to comment on the matter as well. The company has already been known to have clashed with the United States government over whether the tech company should assist law enforcement personnel in accessing encrypted customer data which is stored in their devices.
To recall, earlier this year, the United States Department of Justice had asked federal judges in New York and in California to force the popular tech firm to break into locked iPhones. One of the cases include an iPhone which was used by one of the shooters from last year’s attacks in San Bernardino, California.
The cases were then dropped and the authorities were able to crack into the iPhones without consulting the help of Apple’s technicians. However, the political debate pertaining to encrypted technology still rages on. Law enforcement, and even the FBI, maintain their stand that companies within the tech industry should be able to assist the government in hunting down criminals.
Apple, along with other tech companies, state that requiring them to give up their own encryption would undermine the security that they have placed on their products. Giving these very vulnerable information to their products would make the devices even more susceptible to malicious hackers. In the meantime, a Senate committee is mulling legislation in order to require firms to assist law enforcement agencies in bypassing encryption.