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U.S. government isn’t done appealing New York mobile security case against Apple

The method used for unlocking the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter won’t work on other models.

The U.S. Justice Department recently announced that it will not cease its efforts to appeal a court ruling in the mobile security case it filed against Apple in New York, in which it wishes to force the tech giant to unlock an iPhone that was used in a drug case.

The Justice Department filed a letter in a Brooklyn, New York federal court in order to continue the appeal.

Within the letter, it stated that “the government continues to require Apple’s assistance in accessing the data that it is authorized to search by warrant.” That letter was actually filed only one day after Director James Comey of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that the agency had obtained a mobile security breaking method that would make it possible for the FBI to unlock the iPhone 5c that had been used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, but it would not work on other device models such as the iPhone 5s that was involved in the New York drug case.

While Apple has stated that it could break through the mobile security of its smartphones, it has refused.

iPhone 5s - Mobile SecurityApple has stated that it would be able to develop the code required to unlock the smartphone in the New York case, but it has been fighting the demand put forward by the government which would require it to do so. So far, Apple has been able to keep up its defense. On February 29, a U.S. Magistrate Judge, James Orenstein, ruled that he did not have the authority to force Apple to disable the iPhone 5s security features for the purposes of the drug probe.

The Justice Department’s letter pointed out that the application for appeal “is not moot,” as the iPhone 5s cannot be unlocked using the same technique that was used on the iPhone 5c. In this case, the mobile device belonging to Jun Feng – who has pleaded guilty to taking part in a meth ring conspiracy – and the government was hoping to be able to unlock the smartphone in order to identify other people who were involved in this methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

Feng’s mobile device has an older operating system than the iOS 7 installed on Rizwan Farook of San Bernardino’s iPhone. This means that their mobile security encryption technology is different and the strategies to unlock them are not the same. Apple will be filing its papers in opposition to the appeal on April 15.

Apple calls for improved mobile security encryption regulations through federal commission

The iPhone maker is urging the American government to do this as it fights demands to unlock a San Bernardino shooter’s phone.

Apple Inc. is currently in the middle of a high profile battle in mobile security and encryption, as the company resists the demands being made by the government of the United States, in which the tech giant is being ordered to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

The company has now urged the American government to create a panel of experts or a commission for this subject.

The purpose of the commission being requested by Apple, would be to discuss the implications of this type of order on national, personal and mobile security, among other issues and freedoms. On the company’s own website, it shared a post entitled “Answers to your questions about Apple and security,” in which it said that “Apple would gladly participate in such an effort.” The iPhone maker went on to explain that “the best way forward would be for the government to withdraw its demands” to unlock the smartphone.

The FBI made the request of the company to break the mobile security barriers in the device, as a part of their investigation.

Apple - Mobile SecurityThe Federal Bureau of Investigation says that it wants to be able to access the contents of the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook as a part its examination of the evidence that was created before the shootings in San Bernardino. Apple is being ordered to disable some of the passcode protections on the device.

On December 2, Farook and another man, Tashfeen Malik, opened fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, murdering 14 people and leaving another 22 people injured. A police shootout ensued and both attackers were killed.

In response to the demands that it has received, Apple has said that, while it is technically able to unlock the iPhone through the creation of a new operating system, a precedent could be established that might lead to dangerous situations in mobile security and privacy freedoms. It underscored the fact that it has never unlocked a smartphone on behalf of law enforcement, though it has previously extracted data from one of its devices that had been operating on an older version of iOS when following a “lawful court order.”

The U.S. Department of Justice has now filed a motion to attempt to force Apple’s compliance in breaking through the mobile security of the device and unlock the iPhone.