Apple vows to increase the security of its products

Apple has vowed to increase the security of its products after the FBI bypassed the security of the San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone with the help of a third party, reports ComputerWeekly.

For nearly six weeks Apple was under pressure after a judge ordered the company to help the FBI by creating a backdoor to access data held on the device. The case was dropped after the FBI announced that an unspecified method of bypassing the iPhone’s security systems to access data on the device proved successful and they didn’t need Apple’s help.

Apple issued a statement in response saying: “From the beginning, we objected to the FBI's demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone, because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government's dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.”

According to ComputerWeekly, the company said it would continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, but it also vowed to continue to increase the security of its products in the face of increasingly frequent and sophisticated attacks on data. Apple said it believed people around the world deserve data protection, security and privacy, adding: “Sacrificing one for the other only puts people and countries at greater risk. This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion.”