the Saudi student : The American company, “Apple” has angered the US
Attorney General, William Barr, and the US FBI, because it rejected a
request regarding the Saudi student, the perpetrator of the shooting at the
American military base.(the Saudi student)
also the US Attorney General joined in an official statement transmitted by the “Engadget” website to the “FBI” request regarding the necessity that “Apple” allow the unlocking of two “iPhones” belonging to the Saudi student who attacked the US naval base in Pensacola, Florida, December .
Bar said: “The shooting was a terrorist act, and Apple should comply with the FBI’s requests that the two phones be unlocked, so that the investigation authorities can study it carefully.”
However, “Apple” previously rejected the requests of the investigators to unlock the phones, and only gave them a copy of the I-Cloud account of the Saudi student, Muhammad Saeed Al-Shamrani.
And Apple explained its refusal that it would be a “precedent” that would
obligate it to unlock the phones whenever a federal agency requests the
The Ministry of Justice(the Saudi student):
would like to unlock the two phones, so that it can view the encrypted
messages of the Saudi student on applications such as “WhatsApp” or
“Science”, to determine whether this behavior is individual or planned in
cooperation with others.
The US Attorney General said that the two phones were damaged during the shooting, but the FBI experts managed to operate them, but faced the hurdle of unlocking both phones.
Barr continued: “Apple did not provide us with any substantial assistance, this position clearly explains why it is important for investigators to be able to access digital evidence once they obtain a court order.”
in addition “We call on Apple and other technology companies to help us find the bulk of that crisis, to better protect the lives of Americans and prevent any future attacks,” he added.
The US attorney general explained that, for example, investigators found that al-Shamrani, after a message on September 11th, said: “The countdown has begun.”
But he made it clear that that message we could not open because the phone was closed and we did not know who sent it, and whether it was preceded by other messages or not.
He also indicated
that the Saudi student was constantly publishing anti-American and anti-Israeli messages and some jihadist messages on social media, and he did so two hours before his attack.
Investigators believed that there are hidden background channels of
communication that the Saudi student was conducting, and that you
should get to know them and check them to see if there are other plans or
But it seems that this American request is facing another rejection from other quarters.
also The American Civil Liberties Union said: “If the government succeeds in obtaining its grave and unconstitutional request, it will in that way weaken the security of millions of iPhone users.”
“Encryption that enables religious minorities facing genocide such as Uighurs in China or journalists investigating strong drug cartels in Mexico, can communicate with informed sources and the outside world more safely,” said Jennifer Granic, US cyber security and surveillance consultant.
She simply added
that neither Apple nor any other company can provide the FBI with a way
to unlock phone coding without providing it to authoritarian foreign
governments, which would weaken our defenses against criminals and
The US government made representational requests after the San
Bernadino attack in California in 2015, and concluded that it had filed a
lawsuit against Apple.
For its part, announced the company “Apple” that it rejects all the pressure exerted by the American administration, noting that it is working “industrious” in order to help the American investigators without weakening or breaking the encryption of the phones.
And she continued, the investigation authorities submitted a request to us for assistance in extracting information from a phone on January 6, then information from another phone on January 8, and we have the greatest respect for law enforcement agencies and we work around the clock to provide them with the information that we have without breaking the phone’s encryption.
“We made more than 14 requests from the FBI on the first phone, then 6 other requests on the second phone, and provided them with backup copies of the iCloud account and account information and transaction data for multiple accounts dealt with,” the statement said.
“Then we informed the FBI(the Saudi student):
that they needed additional help, and we implemented all the information
they requested on the phones, and we are continuing to work with the
FBI, and our engineering teams recently contacted them to provide
additional technical assistance.”
“But Americans do not have to choose between weakening encryption and
resolving investigations, because we feel strongly that encryption is vital
to protecting the data in our country and our users’ data,” she concluded.
The US Navy announced last December that the shooter inside the
American base is a Saudi national who was studying flight.
Four people, including the man who shot, were killed, in the second fatal
shooting in a US military facility this week, authorities said.
Provincial police chief David Morgan told a news conference that a district
police officer shot the attacker in a classroom in the base a few minutes
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